PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide and the local office in Milner Street, Warrington, has received a £65,342 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation on behalf of an application by the Freemasons of West Lancashire.
West Lancashire and Cheshire Provincial Grand Masters Tony Harrison and Stephen Blank recently visited the charity’s base along with Provincial delegations to celebrate the donation, where they met with the CEO Ged Flynn and Hazel Russell Head of Fundraising along with Sarah Fitchett one of the Trustees.
Ged Flynn, Papyrus chief executive, said: “We believe the many young suicides are preventable, also that no young person should suffer alone with thoughts or feelings of hopelessness – we also believe no one should have to go through the heartbreak of losing a loved one to suicide. We believe that everyone can play a role in preventing young suicide.”
The grant will enable an additional adviser to work on the charity’s HOPELINEUK helpline, which provides confidential support and advice.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community. The MCF is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country supporting Freemasons and their families as well as charities across England and Wales.
The MCF’s work is funded solely through the generous donations of Freemasons under the United Grand Lodge of England, their families and friends. With over 170 lodges The Province of Cheshire plays a large part in supporting the MCF through donations from lodges and their members, in 2016 The Province of Cheshire donated £3 million following a six-year charitable giving festival that was in addition to the members and lodges’ yearly donations.
Early Freemasons understood relief to mean helping a suffering brother or the dependants of a deceased brother, by giving money or sustenance to relieve distress, until his circumstances improved. The custom of Charity has been so inextricably linked with the practice of Freemasonry, that it is a landmark of the Craft.