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Charity has always been a core principle of Freemasonry and we’re proud of our 300-year history of helping those in need. Our members make an important contribution at a local, national and global level every year by giving both their time and money to make a real difference to a number of organisations and communities.
It’s why Freemasonry is one of the largest charitable givers in the country, contributing £51.1m to deserving causes in 2020 alone. Freemasons do not only donate money – more than 18.5 million hours of volunteer work is undertaken by our members in their communities every year.
Our members engage in many activities including community fundraising and volunteering, as well as a varied programme of events where spouses, partners and families are welcome. We’ve made substantial donations across both Nottinghamshire and the UK to local air ambulances, blood bikes and provide a number of emergency response vehicles, including two super aerial platforms for the London Fire Brigade.
Freemasonry does a huge amount for medical research into treatments for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and a whole range of other conditions, including Alzheimer's, by funding UK medical scientists to make ground breaking discoveries.
More recently, money raised has helped to support those affected by overseas disasters as well as those at home, such as the Grenfell Tower disaster.
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YEARLY VOLUNTEERING HOURS
Teddies for Loving Care
A hospital visit can be a frightening experience for a young child, especially in an emergency situation. Teddies for Loving Care is a way of providing much-needed comfort to children in A&E departments, helping to reduce the shock and distress of their experience. Every child that receives a teddy gets to take it home.
Provincial Relief Chest
Do you have anything to give in the cause of charity?
Click the link below to visit the Provincial Relief Chest
Lifelites is the charity which gives life-limited and disabled children using hospice services across the British Isles the chance to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate, through the magic of assistive technology.
Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons’ Charity
Funded entirely by Freemasons, the MCF builds better lives by encouraging opportunity, promoting independence and improving wellbeing. It offers a wide range of grants and support services for financial, health, family and care-related needs
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI)
The RMBI provides residential care, nursing care and residential dementia support to older Freemasons, their families and people in the wider community. It supports more than 1,000 residents across 18 care homes in England and Wales for both Freemasons and non-Freemasons.
The Freemasons Fund For Surgical Research (FFRS)
The FFSR provides Research Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons with grants each year to pursue cutting edge research work, which might otherwise not have been funded
The Masonic Charitable Foundation, in partnership with local Nottinghamshire Freemasons, gave £151,475 in grants to help continue the work of 22 charities in Nottinghamshire.
Of these, 14 charities were in need of support as a result of COVID-19