A major grant of £74,500 has been awarded to the West Yorkshire Scout Group by the Mark Benevolent Fund. The Grant will fund the building of a brand new storage facility at the Bradley Wood County Scout Campsite & Activity Centre in Brighouse.
Scouting mirrors the aims of Freemasonry in so many ways, so it’s good to see the MBF supporting them at this challenging time.
The Mark Benevolent Fund made grants in excess of £200,000 to charitable projects in West Yorkshire last year, including major grants for an Ambulance Support Vehicle for St John Ambulance Yorkshire, a Rapid Response Vehicle for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a new Mini Bus for Martin House Hospice and the refurbishment of a Barge for Safe Anchor Trust. It also supported several Hospices in the Province and the flood victims of South Yorkshire earlier in the year.
Our MBF Festival in 2023 and the support it receives from our own charity, the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, will help the Mark Benevolent Fund continue the excellent work it does in our communities.
It’s good to have some good news in these difficult times, but those same times have severely restricted income to both the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust and the Festival. So please review what you give to the Trust by Standing Order and continue to support the Festival in any way you can. It will be very much appreciated and will help the good work our Mark charities do to continue.
Your money, your Province, your support, your success
Airedale Hospital in West Yorkshire received a Mobile Chemotherapy Unit funded by the M.B.F. in November 2018. Over the last 12 months, it has donated over £200,000 to Charities across West Yorkshire, including:
An Ambulance Support Vehicle for St John Ambulance Yorkshire £32,000
A Rapid Response Vehicle for Yorkshire Air Ambulance £32,093
A new Minibus for Martin House Hospice, Boston Spa £39,957
Refurbishment of a Canal Barge for Safe Anchor Trust £48,235
Special Syringe Drivers for Kirkwood Hospice, Huddersfield £23,400
A Flood Relief grant to South Yorkshire Community Foundation £20,000
Perinatal unit support, Forget-me-not Children’s Hospice, Huddersfield £16,585
Portable Electronic Gaming equipment for Forget-me-not Hospice £4.035
Similar to the Craft national Charity, the M.C.F., the Mark Benevolent Fund relies on Provincial Festivals for its funding and the Mark Province of West Yorkshire is currently in Festival. You can help to support the West Yorkshire Mark Festival just CLICK HERE
The Cleeves and Whitehead Trust is a local West Yorkshire Mark Charity, providing Support and Pastoral Care for West Yorkshire Mark Masons and their families. It also makes grants to worthy causes in the community and last year donated over £44,000 to Charities in our Province. These included:
Lost Chord (Dementia Charity, South Yorkshire) £1,000
SNAPS (Special Needs support, Leeds) £2,000
Asperger’s Children & Carers Together (Autism support, Sheffield) £1,500
Bradford Toy Library & Resource Centre (Toys for disabled children) £2,000
Safe Anchor Trust (Barge trips for disabled & disadvantaged, Mirfield) £2,000
Woodlands View Dementia Support Group (Sheffield) £7,200
Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes £2,000
Leeds Weekend Care (Weekend care for children with special needs) £1,000
Bradford Deaf Children (Supporting deaf children and their parents) £1,000
Performance Drama School (Providing children’s drama classes, Otley) £2,000
Clothing Solutions for Disabled People (Bradford) £2,000
Brighouse Central Methodist Church £13,440
Burley in Wharfedale Scout & Guide Group £1,890
Fulfil the Wish (Activities for children with disabilities, Bradford) £2,500
Round Table Children’s Wish (Fulfilling wishes for sick children) £2,000
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