The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has approved grants totalling £650,000 to be donated to non-Masonic causes:
£192,000 to Air Ambulances, £433,000 in Major Grants for eight UK charities in support of Youth Opportunities, Vulnerable People and Religious Buildings and £25,000 in Minor Grants to nine smaller UK charities.
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has been a regular supporter of air ambulance charities and similar rescue services for eight years now, donating over £1.5 million in total.
During 2015, Freemasons around the country will be presenting 22 regional rescue services with donations totalling £192,000.
Street League has been awarded £25,000 to deliver three football and employability programmes over the course of one year in Middlesbrough.
Street League’s mission is to change lives through football with a vision to end youth unemployment in the UK. They attempt to tackle this issue though an award winning 10 week football and employability programme that helps young unemployed people aged 16-25 gain skills, confidence, work experience and qualifications whilst being supported to progress into employment, education or training.
Teens and Toddlers has been awarded £25,000 to fund three programme leaders who will be integral to expanding personal development programmes in the North West.
SUPPORTING VULNERABLE PEOPLE
Cystic Fibrosis Trust has been awarded £250,000 to develop a new model of healthcare, Smartcare CF, which will use the latest technology to allow patients to monitor their conditions from home.
Emmaus UK has been awarded £40,000 to fund the salary of a capacity building advisor who will be responsible for expanding their operations around the UK.
The Haven (Breast Cancer Haven) has been awarded £30,000 to maintain and expand their ‘Welfare, Benefits and Money Advice service’.
Signature has been awarded £18,000 for the development of a GCSE in British sign language.
SHINE has been awarded £35,000 to fund the salary of a development coordinator.
Figures show that the number of rough sleepers has risen steadily since 2010 which has sadly coincided with reductions in funding to organisations which strive to alleviate this issue. However, Emmaus has managed to resist this trend and expand their operations around the UK, aiming to provide accommodation for 750 individuals by 2017 with plans to open three new communities in 2015. This year, Emmaus was awarded £40,000 to fund the salary of a Capacity Building Adviser who will be responsible for this development.
Leicester Cathedral Charitable Trust has been awarded £10,000 toward the costs for the reinterment of the remains of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral and to build a new Chapel of Christ the King in the east end of the cathedral.
Bag Books has been awarded £4,000 to provide multi-sensory books and storytelling for people with learning disabilities.
The Care Leavers Foundation has been awarded £2,000 to support children leaving care.
Cued Speech Association UK has been awarded £3,000 to support their work in providing information and training in Cued Speech throughout the UK.
Different Strokes has been awarded £3,500 to support younger stroke survivors.
The Island Trust has been awarded £2,000 to support their work in providing confidence building, challenging adventure for disadvantaged and disabled young people from across the UK through sailing opportunities.
PINNT has been awarded £2,000 to provide support for artificial nutrition patients and their carers.
Rarer Cancers Foundation has been awarded £2,500 to provide support for patients suffering from rare cancers who may have little support or information.
Theodora Children’s Charity has been awarded £3,000 to support their work with children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres by providing visits from professional performers, Giggle Doctors, who have been trained to work in a medical environment.
“The Giggle Doctors are so funny! I met them whilst my Grandson Alex was at Birmingham Children’s Hospital after his Fontan surgery on his heart. They say laughter is the best medicine and this is certainly true of the Giggle Doctors! Thank you for giving Alex, his mummy and I (Grandma) lots of laughs!