The trustees of Swinton Charitable Trust have reported their annual donations to non-Masonic charities and the impressive total sum donated was a magnificent £13,000. The trust raises its funds from Freemasons that meet at Swinton Masonic Hall.
The latest recipients were: The Christie £1,000, St Ann’s Hospice £1,000, Bolton Hospice £500, North West Air Ambulance £500, Calibre Audio Books £250, Rainbow House £250, Barnabus £250, St James Boys Brigade £250, Guide Dogs £1,000, The Salvation Army £500, Henshaws £250, Francis House £500, Broughton House £500, SSAFA £250, Macmillan Nursing £500, Wood Street Mission £500, Museum of Science and Industry £250, Myasthenia Gravis £250, Children’s Farm £250, The Ryland’s Library £250, SeaShell £250, Basis £250, Genesis £250, Action for the Blind £250, Parkinson’s £500, PDSA £250, Prison Fellowship £250, British Stammering £250, West Coach Crash £250, Sane £250, Happy Days £250, Marie Curie £250, Mencap £250.
Swinton Masonic Hall trustees formed a charity on 28 September 1993 under the name of Swinton Charitable Trust with John Hutton (Assistant Provincial Grand Master) as chairman. The range of the area covered for benefit is not defined and it provides aid in various towns and cities including Bolton, Salford City, Wigan, Manchester City, Bury, Trafford, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham and Rochdale.
The trust has donated more than £250,000 since it was formed to organisations that range from the Guide Dogs which is a national charity to local causes such as Walkden Methodist Church.