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Local charities receive cash boost from the Freemasons


FREEMASONS from across the York area have raised £16,752 for several local non-Masonic charities.

Since the function first began in 2009 over £250,000 have been donated to local non-Masonic charities.
The Freemasons were delighted and honoured to have as their guests the Sheriff of York, Mr Jonathan Tyler, The Sheriff’s Lady, Mrs Brenda Tyler and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master W. Bro. Stephen Robinson.
The nine lodges supporting the function were: York Lodge – The Lodge of St. Germain – Alcuin Lodge – Francis Drake of York Lodge – Minster Lodge - Agricola Lodge – Old Peterite Lodge – Concord Lodge – The St. Saviour Lodge of Installed Masters.
The charities they were supporting at the function were: The Island, York Against Cancer, Parkinson’s charity, York Sea Cadets, The Camphill Trust and St. Leonard’s Hospice.
Other beneficiaries not able to attend the function this year were: Selby Senior Phab Club, Action on Postpartum Psychosis’, The Gurkha Earthquake Appeal, Strensall Church and three young people working on their specific projects.
After a charity dinner, the function commenced in the Lodge Room where Mr Nigel Poulton a representative and fundraiser for the charity ‘The Island’ gave a most interesting talk on the charity. This registered charity has been operating since August 2007 and during this time it has offered support to vulnerable 8 – 13-year-olds in York who are struggling to cope at home, at school, or in the wider community, or who are experiencing difficult transitions in their lives. The lodges then proceeded to present their donation to their respective charities.
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master presented a cheque for £3,863 to Dawn Clements, Director of Fundraising at St. Leonard’s Hospice on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and went on to say that £600,000 had been raised for Hospices across England and Wales and since 1984 over £12 million has been donated to Hospices.

The Sheriff of York congratulated the Freemasons on their charitable work and gave a talk on the Lord Mayor’s Charities and his experiences in his current office as Sheriff of York. His address was very well received.