The West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity is the charity of the Freemasons of the Masonic Province of West Lancashire. It was formed in April 2008 by the amalgamation of the seven Masonic charities operating in the Province, an area which includes parts of Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Cumbria. Its funds are raised entirely from donations by Freemasons. We do not receive money from the general public however, we do provide assistance to Masons and non-Masons.
Governed by trustees
The trustees are drawn from a wide range of professional backgrounds suited to taking on the responsibility of overseeing a substantial financial enterprise. They have considerable experience in running charities.
Gifts to the community
Charitable giving has enabled Freemasons in our Province to provide valuable help in many areas such as gifts to a residential centre for young people, the purchase of land for Sea Scouts, equipment for a judo club, a new building for the use of Scouts, Guides and the community at large, gifts to an Alzheimer society, a children’s hospice, an amateur boxing club and many, many more.
Big enough to make a difference
Our charity is the largest UK Masonic charity outside the Grand Charities and we anticipate making payments of £500,000 during the year to deserving causes.
Over the years we plan to increase the level of support we can provide but this will be closely linked to the donations we receive.
The West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity is proud to play its part in the wider sphere of Masonic giving where £1,000,000s are provided each year for national and international causes, all from the pockets of Freemasons and often unnoticed by the general public.
Manned by volunteers
Nobody in our organisation receives any payment for the time they give to our charity. Our team of volunteers are however, extremely experienced in the working of the charity and are all bound by a strict code of confidentiality.
They are extremely dedicated, sympathetic to applicants’ difficult circumstances and happy to offer assistance and advice to those in need.
Running a lean ship does not mean skimping on standards. Everyone involved is determined to follow best business practice and fully meet the most stringent regulatory requirements ensuring that funds are not only secure but are applied correctly and efficiently.
The logo is simply a hand guiding a heart. The one hand represents guidance and support to the heart as opposed to two hands which might represent holding or carrying.
The blue colour is that used in the regalia of a Master Mason and the hand enters from the west indicating this western province. The heart represents the guided or supported, be it a charity cause or an individual, the red colour indicating need, hardship or distress.