Chorley and Leyland Masons have raised £324,319 for the Masonic Charitable Foundation which, when added to the money raised by Masons throughout the Province of West Lancashire meant that a total of £3,504,423 was raised for the Foundation.
Masons from Chorley and Leyland raised the magnificent amount over four years by personal donations, by lodge donations and by fund raising events such as sponsored walks, marathons, dances, Morecambe Bay walk, mass walk of the Blackpool lights and a Gala show ‘Night with the Stars’ at the Opera House in Blackpool.
The announcement of the result of the four years fundraising was made at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, when almost 700 people enjoyed a wonderful evening at a Gala Ball.
Peter Allen, Chorley and Leyland Group Chairman said: “I am delighted that the Chorley and Leyland Group has, together with its lodges and chapters raised an amazing £324,319 for the Masonic Charitable Foundation. A sum that I am reliably informed could possibly be the best in the Province! This reflects the wonderful generosity of local Masons, especially when you consider that many of our fundraising opportunities had been severely restricted due to the pandemic.
As such, I personally wish to thank all those who have helped to raise this very significant amount from within our lodges and chapters. I was delighted to recognise so many of our members and their various achievements appearing on the screens at the Gala Ball in the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool.
Of course, all credit must go to those who have committed time, effort and funds in order to contribute to this ultimately being a very successful event. Charity has always been at the forefront of our beliefs and you have responded accordingly. Once again, a big thank you to all those from within the group who have assisted with the organisation and smooth operation of the MCF Festival. There are many people whom we will never know, but will benefit, directly or indirectly from their sacrifice.”
The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s aim is to build better lives by encouraging opportunity, promoting independence and improving wellbeing for Freemasons, their families and the wider community. Every year they support 1,000s of Freemasons and their families, in addition to funding the work of hundreds of local charities in communities across England and Wales.
Since its establishment in 2016, the MCF have awarded over £100,000,000 in grants. This incredible milestone, fully funded by Freemasons, represents help for 1,000s of disadvantaged individuals, families and communities across England, Wales and overseas whose lives have been changed for the better by Freemasonry.