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Yesterday, the 26th January, 2016, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro. Allan E. Powell visited the Bobath Wales Outreach Project at the Denbighshire Children's Centre, Hyfrydle, Lawnt, Denbigh, LL16 4ST to present the charity with a £13,500 cheque from The Freemasons' Grand Charity.
The photograph, above, shows the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Allan E. Powell (centre) presenting the cheque to Jennifer Carroll, MA,MCSP, PGC (HE), Centre Director and Consultant Physiotherapist (left); also in the picture is Stuart Doyle, MCSP, Physiotherapist (Right).
The Freemasons' Grand Charity awarded the money to Bobath Wales to enable them to extend their area of operations to North Wales. The Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales provides specialist physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. Bobath therapists are state-registered and work together as a team to combine these disciplines to give each child the skills to explore their world, communicate their needs, maximise their potential and so improve their quality of life.
In accepting the Grant on behalf of Bobath Wales, Jennifer Carroll said that "this funding would help them realise their ambitions to deliver world class Bobath therapy to as many children with cerebral palsy on an all-Wales basis. The funding will also provide ongoing training and maintain the highest level of therapy provision to the children, as well as developing good working practices, implementing procedures and developing long term strategy plans for the future of the charity".
VW Bro. Allan E Powell said that "the Freemasons Grand Charity were pleased to support the aims and ambitions of Bobath Wales in extending the provision of their therapy sessions to those areas of North Wales which have in the past found it difficult to access their services"
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19 Park Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 7BP Tel: Gail Griffith on 029 2052 2600 or email: GailG@Bobathwales.org
Last Wednesday (20/01/16) The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. Ieuan Redvers Jones visited the Blind Veterans UK centre in Llandudno to present the charity with a £100,000 cheque from The Freemasons' Grand Charity. The photograph, above, shows the Provincial Grand Master Ieuan Redvers Jones presenting the cheque to Blind Veterans UK Chief Executive Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB.
The Freemasons' Grand Charity awarded the money to help refurbish buildings being turned into residential units for Blind Veterans UK's Life Skills for Independent Living project in Llandudno. The project aims to deliver tailored training programmes to young, blind or limbless veterans at risk of homelessness. It will focus on ensuring veterans can live as independently as possible.
Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB, said: "I would like to thank The Freemasons' Grand Charity for this fantastic £100,000 grant towards our Life Skills for Independent Living project in Llandudno."
"We are delighted to receive their support for what will be an ambitious new unit providing the most vulnerable ex-Service men and women with specialised training to help them regain independence in their lives and overcome sight loss. We are proud that one of these buildings will display The Freemasons' Grand Charity name.
"Blind Veterans UK is currently supporting more veterans than ever before in the charity's history and projects like this one will ensure that we are able to continue to grow and support veterans into our second century."
RW Bro. Ieuan Redvers Jones said: "For veterans who have lost their sight, it can feel as though life is not worth living. Unsurprisingly, many slide into desperation and can fall victim to extreme hardships. Blind Veterans UK provides incredible support and most importantly, helps restore hope to these individuals. I am delighted that the Freemason's Grand Charity have given this grant to this for the establishment of residential accommodation to participants of the Training Courses held at this North Wales Centre. The Blind Veterans UK has a long history in helping blind veterans maintain their independence as much as possible."
It is devastating to lose a parent. The Masonic charities support families during difficult periods by reducing the impact of financial hardship and ensuring children can reach their potential.
Watch our short video to hear how we supported the children of the Marchington family after the loss of their father, Tony. The Masonic Charitable Foundation will continue to provide the same support to families such as the Marchingtons when it launches in April this year. Please share this video with your friends and family to help us spread the word about your new Masonic charity.
The Freemasons' Grand Charity has donated £25,000 to The Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015. The emergency grant will support individuals and families who suffer financial hardship as a result of flooding, as well as wider community relief and rebuilding projects.
A further £5,000 has also been donated directly to the Provincial Grand Master Benevolence Fund. This will go towards helping masons and non-masons affected by the flooding in the Province of Cumberland and Westmorland.
Read more here... [ Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015.pdf ]
Four hospices within the Masonic Province of North Wales have received donations from The Freemasons' Grand Charity, totalling £7,321.00. They were respectively:
£1,000.00 - Gwynedd Hospice at Home
£2,257.00 - Nightingale House (Wrexham Hospice & Cancer Support Centre
£2,550.00 - St David's Hospice Ltd
£1,514.00 - Ty Gobiath
In all, 245 adult and children's hospices across England and Wales have received a total of £600,000. Since 1984, nearly £12 million has been donated to hospices by The Freemasons' Grand Charity. Freemasons and their families raise all donations, to assist hospices in their vital role in helping those affected by terminal or life limiting illness.
Speaking about the donation, Ieuan Redvers Jones, Provincial Grand Master said: "We believe it is essential to support the exceptional care provided by our local hospices, and financial help is fundamental to ensuring these services can continue. The hospices' incredible contribution to the community is valued highly here in North Wales Province and that is why we are so happy to donate this amount in 2015".
The Freemasons' Grand Charity continues to support hospices with a total donation of £600,000 in 2015. 245 adult and children's hospices across England and Wales have received funding, to provide essential services to those affected by terminal or life limiting illness.
Among those to receive assistance are Dorothy House Hospice in Wiltshire, Hope House Children's Hospice in Shropshire and Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale in South Wales.
Chief Executive of The Freemasons' Grand Charity Laura Chapman said: "Every year Freemasons and their families work together to raise funds to ensure the incredible work of hospices can continue. The dedicated care they provide is highly valued by local communities and Freemasons believe strongly in continuing to support this. "
"We are so grateful to the Freemasons for their generosity in supporting our work. 35 people with terminal illness will now be able to enjoy a week of comfort, reassurance and excellent medical
care from one of our staff nurses."
Abigail Graham, Trust Fundraiser at St Joseph Hospice
Fundraising Co-ordinator Tania Wood at Dove Wood Hospice said: "Your continued support really does help us to make a positive difference to the lives of local people in palliative care. With your help we're able to plan ahead effectively, ensuring that our patients receive both expert medical care and emotional support, which is tailored to each individual and their family."
Since 1984, nearly £12 million has been donated to hospices' services by The Freemasons' Grand Charity.
The charity Groundwork UK has received £10,000 from Freemasons to fund environmental development projects in Wrexham, North Wales. Groundwork UK's Green Team programmes enable young people to carry out projects which benefit their communities while learning new skills, gaining qualifications and enhancing their employability.
Groundwork UK has received £10,000 from The Freemasons' Grand Charity to support Green Teams working in Wrexham. The grant will fund key aspects of the scheme: materials required to carry out development projects, and vocational tutors who will offer training courses and assist participants in gaining qualifications. These projects transform local green spaces and, under the supervision of experienced Green Team Coordinators and Employment Support Advisers, participants will gain horticultural and environmental training and qualifications as well as employability coaching and guidance.
Speaking about the donation, Ieuan Redvers Jones, Provincial Grand Master for the Masonic Province of North Wales said: "We are very proud to be supporting this fantastic charity and helping young people to gain new experiences as well as giving something back to their community. Welsh Freemasons are especially happy to support a local charity with such a big donation."
The Major Grants Scheme is just one of the initiatives driven by The Freemasons' Grand Charity which donates around £2.5 million to national charities every year.
In 2008, The Freemasons' Grand Charity pledged to donate £500,000 to the Scout Association. Seven years and half a million pounds later, this grant has been hugely successful in its aim to encourage and expand Scouting.
The money was used to encourage more young people to join the Scouting movement and to support local Scouting. This has included providing start-up and activity grants and much needed equipment, such as activity books and games. In total, over one million young people received new materials and equipment and over 23,500 have joined Scouting thanks to this grant.
Mark Winson, Regional Development Officer, had this to say: "These grants have been vital. The Freemasons have made a measurable difference to the lives of children in Scouting."
Read more here... [ Donation to Scouts 459KB ]
The Freemasons' Grand Charity has approved grants totalling £864,000 to be donated to 53 charities. All of this money has been raised by Freemasons and their families.
28 charities will receive grants totalling £797,000 as part of the Major Grants Scheme in support of Medical Research, Youth Opportunities, Vulnerable People and Religious Buildings.
The Cure Parkinson's Trust: £45,000 to fund research into the role of mitochondrial degeneration in the development of Parkinson's disease.
Guys and St Thomas' Charity: £40,000 to fund research into cell therapy as a treatment for Crohn's disease.
Moorfield's Eye Charity: £65,000 to fund research into age related macular degeneration.
Restore- Burn and Wound Research: £20,000 to fund research into skin allograft acceptance for burn injuries.
UCL Cancer Institute Research Trust: £60,000 to fund research into immunotherapy as a treatment for lung cancer.
University of Leicester: £32,000 to fund research into the role of visual crowding as an influence on reading ability across the lifespan.
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Diabetes UK Diabetes UK has received £50,000 from The Freemasons' Grand Charity to help fund exceptional research at the University of Lincoln that is developing and refining a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes. This vaccine has the potential to treat newly diagnosed patients but also help prevent those at high risk of developing it in the future.
Read more here [ Latest news from Grand Charity, October 2015.pdf ]
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In November 2013, the Philippines was struck by Typhoon Haiyan, the most severe storm ever to hit land. It caused widespread destruction, killing over 6,000 people and affecting a further 14 million people. Hundreds of schools and health centres were seriously damaged or destroyed leaving thousands of children with no educational provision and thousands more without adequate healthcare.
Over the next six months, Freemasons from across England, Wales and Jamaica joined forces to raise an incredible £185,385 which in June 2014 was donated to Plan's "Rebuilding Lives in the Philippines" project. In March 2015 the project was successfully completed and has already made a huge impact on the communities of Eastern Samar.
As a thank you, Plan have produced this wonderful video to express their gratitude to The Freemasons' Grand Charity and all those who donated to make this project possible.
Read more here [ Latest news from Grand Charity.pdf ]
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On Monday, The Freemasons' Grand Charity donated £50,000 to the Red Cross following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal last weekend. It has been reported that over 5,000 people have been killed, and many thousands more are injured and without access to clean water, health facilities and shelter. Freemasons have been publicly thanked by the Red Cross on their website, social media and in a press release to the media.
News of our emergency funding has been published by Charity Today.
Relief Chest opened following Nepal Earthquake
In response to members of the Craft and the extent of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Nepal, the Council of The Freemasons' Grand Charity has opened a dedicated Relief Chest (E0129D.)
This centrally administered service is for those who would like their donation for victims of the earthquake to be part of a coordinated Masonic response towards search and rescue and relief efforts. If anyone wishes to help assist the people affected by the earthquake, the Council is happy to receive donations to this Relief Chest for onward transmission at a later date to suitable projects.
Donations can be sent by cheque payable to "The Freemasons' Grand Charity" to:
Relief Chest Scheme, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ.
You must state that the payment is in support of the Nepal disaster relief work.
Gift Aid donation forms are available by contacting the Relief Chest office on 020 7395 9246.
For donations via credit card, please contact the Relief Chest office.
To make a donation via the telephone please phone the Relief Chest office on 0207 395 9349.
Relief Chest office opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00 (Fri 14:00 - 15:00).
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Experts from Papworth Hospital have successfully performed a landmark procedure which is set to significantly increase the number of lives saved for people waiting for a heart transplant.
In response to the worldwide shortage of donor hearts for transplantation, a Papworth Hospital team, led by Consultant Surgeon Stephen Large, has identified a new source of donor hearts to save more lives.
The research shows that heart transplants from a new group of potential donors - known as non-beating heart donors - could save hundreds of lives internationally as the heart transplant waiting list continues to grow.
To read the full story, please click on the following link [ Ground-breaking Heart Transplant ]
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The Freemasons' Grand Charity has donated £20,000 in emergency aid following the severe tropical cyclone which hit Vanuatu in the South Pacific on Saturday, via the Red Cross. The cyclone has cause widespread destruction to one of the world's least developed countries. President Lonsdale has appealed for immediate help, saying the storm has "wiped out" all development of recent years and his country would have to rebuild "everything".
According to national statistics 50% of the population are children, and therefore are more vulnerable to diseases. There has been significant impact on livelihoods, with 13% of people already living below the basic poverty line. Over 80% of the population depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
Thousands of people remain homeless and in need of food and water. Infrastructure has been severely affected, with many buildings, roads and bridges destroyed. Communications across the region have also been seriously impacted, with power, phones and Internet still down across much of the country. The Freemasons' Grand Charity donation is being used towards delivering emergency assistance in Water/Sanitation, Health and Shelter.
The Freemasons' Grand Charity has approved grants totalling £650,000 to be donated to non-Masonic causes:
£192,000 to Air Ambulances, £433,000 in Major Grants for eight UK charities in support of Youth Opportunities, Vulnerable People and Religious Buildings and £25,000 in Minor Grants to nine smaller UK charities
To read the full story, please click on the following link [ Grants 2015 ]
With the help of a £400,000 grant from The Freemasons' Grand Charity a team at Imperial College London and their international colleagues have found over 30 new genes that predispose to allergies and asthma.
The genes activate the particular white cells that cause the damage in the airways of asthma and allergy sufferers.
Professor Miriam Moffatt, one of the leaders of the research team said, "Asthma affects one child in ten in the UK, and allergies may affect one third of the population. The new findings will lead to new treatments for allergic diseases, and will help to predict who best will respond to currently available treatments".
Professor William Cookson, the other UK leader of the study, said, "This research has taken ten years and used very novel ways to study the genes in the immune system. Because the research was new, it was also risky. Without the generosity of the Grand Charity and their trust in our abilities, the research may never have got off the ground. We cannot thank them enough."
The photo shows an illustration of a DNA molecule that is methylated at two sites in the centre. By Christoph Bock (Max Planck Institute for Informatics).
Freemasons give £185,385 to rebuild schools and health centres destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Just over one year ago on Friday 8th November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the worst storm to have ever hit land, caused widespread destruction across the Philippines. With deep concern for the devastated communities in the region, many Freemasons in England, Wales and Jamaica rallied together to raise a total of £185,385 to support the long-term relief and rebuilding efforts.
Since July 2014, global children's charity Plan UK has been using the donation to rebuild fourteen classrooms and two health centres that were destroyed or badly damaged in East and West Samar; two of the worst hit areas in the disaster zone.
The return of these essential services is vital to the recovery and regeneration of the devastated areas; since the construction work began spirits in the communities there have already lifted.
Click here to read full story [ Freemasons give.pdf ]
On Friday, 8th November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan known locally as Typhoon Yolanda struck the east coastal provinces of Samar and Leyte. It then headed west, sweeping through six central Philippine islands. It was the strongest storm ever to make landfall, and one of the most powerful ever recorded, with reports of winds over 190mph which caused widespread damage.
Millions of people have been affected; amongst these are those already left homeless by the earthquake that struck in mid-October. It is estimated that 10,000 people have been killed. Many towns have been affected by the typhoon; Tacloban, Leyte Province, largely flattened by a massive storm surge; Guiuan, Samar Province with a population of 40,000 has been destroyed; assessments in the far north of Cebu Province, had shown that some towns had suffered 80-90% damage and Baco, a city of 35,000 people in Oriental Mindoro Province was 80% under water.
On 11th November 2013, the President of The Freemasons' Grand Charity approved an emergency grant of £50,000 to the British Red Cross to provide immediate disaster relief across the region for much needed Hygiene Kits for 8,500 families.
An online fundraising page has also been setup by The Grand Charity for the benefit of the Philippines Disaster Relief Chest.
Donations can be made online using a Debit or Credit card from The Grand Charity on: 020 7395 9388
In response to members of the Craft and the extent of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Council of The Freemasons' Grand Charity has opened a dedicated Relief Chest. This centrally administered service is for those who would like their donation for victims of the typhoon, to be part of a co-ordinated Masonic response for longer term redevelopment efforts.
This announcement follows an earlier decision by the President of the Grand Charity to approve the payment of a grant of £50,000 to the British Red Cross in support of immediate emergency aid efforts in the Philippines.
Any individual Freemason or Lodge wishing to make a donation via the Council's Relief Chest and in support of the longer-term recovery efforts can do so by sending a cheque payable to 'The Freemasons' Grand Charity' to: Relief Chest Scheme, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ and noting that is to be paid into the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Relief Chest No. E0129C.
Tax payers wishing The Freemasons' Grand Charity to claim tax relief on their donations, must complete a Gift Aid Donation Form which is available from the website:
Or you can contact the Relief Chest department on 020 7395 9246
For questions concerning The Freemasons' Grand Charity's support for relief efforts in the Philippines, please contact Caroline McHale on 020 7395 9388 For further information on making a donation to the Relief Chest please contact the Relief Chest Department: 020 7395 9246.
239 adult and children's hospices across England and Wales have received a total of £600,000 from The Freemasons' Grand Charity. Since 1984, £9.9 million has been donated to hospices by The Freemasons' Grand Charity. All donations are raised by Freemasons and their families and aim to assist hospices in their vital role in helping those affected by terminal or life limiting illness.
Grand Charity hospice grants are made on an annual basis, towards the operating costs of hospice services for adults and/or children. These grants are made to hospice services in England and Wales that receive 60% or less of their funding from the NHS and individual grants are calculated on the basis of the services provided and the number of beds operated by the hospice.
Click here for a [ full list of Hospice Grants in 2012 ]
The following list shows the hospices that have benefited from the grant in North Wales
£1,000 - Gwynedd Hospice at Home
£2,303 - Nightingale House (Wrexham Hospice & Cancer Support Centre
£2,061 - St David's Hospice Ltd
£1,635 - St Kentigern Hospice
£2,058 - Ty Gobiath
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