Charity

MASONIC CHARITIES

 

At our Consecration on October 2014 we made a donation of £1,000 to the Provincial Grand Master for 2016 RMTGB Festival Appeal.

In June a Freemasonry in The Community evening was held at Lymington at which over £20,000 was presented to the various charities and good causes.  At this event each charity had the opportunity of explaining the good work they are doing to help those less advantadged.  The evening humbled all those present, and reinforced the belief that the work that masonry does in the local community was well worthwhile.

Charitable giving, which can be time and effort as well as money, is at the very heart of Freemasonry, and here in Rugby Bastion Lodge we pride ourselves on the many charitable donations which we make each year. There are four main National Masonic Charities the aims of which are briefly explained as follows:

GRAND CHARITY

The Grand Charity assists Masons and their dependants by giving grants to those Freemasons who are experiencing hardship in difficult times.  It also makes donations to Masonic and Non Masonic charities some of which are: Vulnerable people, Youth Opportunities, Hospices, Medical Research, and emergency grants all over the world.  It should be noted that we give more to non Masonic causes than we do to Masonic causes.

THE ROYAL MASONIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION

This charity has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. They operate 17 residential and care homes in England and Wales.  As well as providing nursing and residential care, the RMBI also offers sheltered accommodation for those people who prefer to live more independently.

THE MASONIC SAMARITAN FUND

The MSF exists to financially assist Freemasons, their families and Freemason’s widows who have an identified medical need, but cannot afford to fund private medical treatment and who face a long wait for the NHS.

ROYAL MASONIC TRUST FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

The RMTGB is there to assist the sons and daughters of Freemasons to gain better education when the parents cannot afford to do so.  It will also, when resources permit, give the same relief to children outside of the craft. There are other charities within our Province for the more “local” needs.