TEDDIES FOR LOVING CARE PRESENTS THREE MILLIONTH BEAR
Dr David Staples, a hospital clinician and CEO of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), presented the three millionth bear, under the Teddies for Loving Care scheme, at Peterborough City Hospital.
Children are often first met by a bear when they arrive at a hospital’s Emergency Department to provide comfort and reassurance. The bears are used to demonstrate procedures, with doctors and nurses often showing children the procedures on the bear, before performing on children.
When a child first arrives at hospital not only are they feeling unwell but they may also be feeling scared and anxious. The child is often met as the ambulance arrives with a bear to provide some comfort and help make them feel at ease. Quite a few bears leave the hospital with their new child owner with matching bandages.

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FREEMASONS' DONATION TO THE LONDON FIRE BRIGADE

In light of recent events, London Masons made a donation of £2.5million so the London Fire Brigade could purchase two vehicles with high aerial ladders, capable of reaching the top of a building as high as Grenfell Tower, the first of which has now been built. Reaching a staggering 64m they are the tallest in Europe.
In addition, six fast response outlander vehicles and four bariatric stretchers have also been funded.

ESSEX and HERTFORDSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE TRUST

W.Bro Jay Patel, APGM, and W.Bro Chris Noble recently visited North Weald Airfield where the two Essex and Herts Air Ambulance aircraft are stationed. This followed a recent MCF grant made to the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) on behalf of Hertfordshire Provincial Grand Lodge.
The pilot showed them inside the helicopter and explained that the onboard computers could manage a perfect hover, in windy conditions, above an incident site, and advised that the four rotor blades alone cost £1.5m to replace.
The EHAAT team has offered any interested Herts Lodge a brief presentation at a future Lodge meeting. Lodges should contact W.Bro Chris Noble via the Provincial Office for details.

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The Masonic Charitable Foundation Impact Report 2019-2020

It includes information on:
415 Grants for charities
4,036 Freemasons and families supported
15,416 Enquiries for help
1,073 RMBI care home residents
8 Medical research PhD studentships
20 Disaster relief efforts in the UK and abroad supported totalling £312,401

Read the full report on the MCF website here

MCF donates £10,000 to The Felix Project

The Masonic Charitable Foundation have provided a grant of £10,000 from the nationwide COVID-19 response initiative to The Felix Project. The COVID-19 outbreak is hitting the poorest, hardest.

The Felix Project has never seen such a high demand for food. In order to respond to this crisis, they have expanding their operations so that they can reach as many people as possible who are vulnerable and in need of food.

Three major grants by the MCF make a real difference for thousands

Three major grants awarded by the MCF, the Freemasons’ charity, have helped to improve the lives of thousands of people affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Age UK, Mind and Buttle UK have each been awarded a grant of £250,000 to support their work following a huge surge in demand for their services.

The grant to Age UK will support the national Information & Advice line as well as Age UK’s network of more than 130 local Age UK charities across the country. 

Support for Australia

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has donated AUS $150,000 to help people affected by the catastrophic and ongoing Australian bushfires. This donation will be awarded as three $50,000 grants to the Australian Freemasons’ Disaster Relief Funds in each of the three states most affected by the blaze; New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Hundreds of homes and businesses have been lost in Victoria and South Australia. Many Australians have lost everything and the impact on the livelihoods of ordinary people is vast – the economy will take many years to fully recover.

Support for Southern Africa

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has donated £50,000 to UK charity Plan International UK to provide emergency food packs and urgent humanitarian assistance to thousands of people at risk of starvation in southern Africa.
An estimated 45 million people across southern Africa are likely to be affected by record high temperatures and low rainfall, which has led to the worst drought for 35 years. Combined with the volatile political and economic situation in many states, the price of food has risen sharply. Families have been forced to reduce the quantity and frequency of meals, and often forgo healthcare. Many children are missing school to help support their families, affecting their long-term futures. 

South Yorkshire Community Foundation’s Emergency Flood Disaster Relief Appeal 

Freemasons have donated £15,000 to help people in South Yorkshire affected by the recent floods. £15,000 is being donated to South Yorkshire Community Foundation’s Emergency Flood Disaster Relief Appeal – £10,000 by the Masonic Charitable Foundation and £5,000 by the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
The appeal will support families and local people who have been displaced from their homes and had their property damaged by severe flood waters. About 400 homes have been flooded in the North, and 1,200 properties have been evacuated, according to the Environment Agency.

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