Five Yorkshire charities have shared a £90,000 “major grants” windfall from the region’s Freemasons.
The financial donations - which ranged in value from £9,000 to £30,500 - were presented at the Freemasons’ Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s annual meeting held at Harrogate’s Royal Hall.
Representatives from the five organisations were presented with their cheques by the fraternity’s Provincial Grand Master, David S Pratt, at the event attended by Freemasons from Yorkshire’s four counties and beyond.
Those who received grants were:
Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt, said: “It was my absolute honour to be able to present these five different, yet equally deserving, organisations with their grants, at our Provincial Grand Lodge annual meeting in Harrogate.
“This money was all raised thanks to Freemasons from throughout our Province, and I am extremely grateful to them for their generosity and continued support of charity.
“This year alone we will give £200,000 to a wide range of charities, clubs, societies, hospitals and hospices.
“Charity has, as always has been, at the heart of Freemasonry, and it will continue to be so for as long as our ancient and honourable institution exists.
Twenty-one community organisations across Yorkshire have shared a £30,370 Easter masonic windfall.
The Province of Yorkshire West Riding - which encompasses the geographical area of South and West Yorkshire, and parts of North and East Yorkshire - has given grants ranging from £500 to £3,520 to worthy causes including grassroots sports clubs, schools, hospitals and clubs for the young and old alike,
The grants have come from the Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund, which are presented on a quarterly basis, with each recipient being nominated by individual Masonic Lodges across the region.
Each year, the PGM’s Fund presents grants totalling £200,000 to assist organisations across the country.
Those to benefit this quarter include:
David S Pratt, The Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “Assisting community led initiatives and projects is incredibly important to the Freemasons.
“This quarter, we have been able to give grants to 21 worthy causes, nominated by members of lodges within our Province.
“Charity is one of the three great principles that our order is founded on, and it is very much at the heart of what we do here throughout Yorkshire.”
Further information about the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website, http://wrprovince.net/
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