From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been involved in charitable activities, and since its inception it has provided support for many widows and orphans of Freemasons as well as for others within the community.
All monies raised for charity are drawn from amongst Freemasons, their families and friends, while grants and donations are made to Masonic and non-Masonic charities alike.
Freemasonry has an enviable record of providing regular and consistent financial support to individual charities over long periods while at the same time making thousands of grants to local charities, appeals and projects throughout England and Wales each year.
Over the past five years alone Freemasonry has raised more than £75m for a wide range of charitable purposes including those involved in medical research, community care, education and work with young people. In addition to supporting Masonic Charities, the Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity has donated, some, £75,000 to hospices, hospitals and local charitable organisations during the year 2014-2015. This is in addition to donations made to Non Masonic charities by individual lodges.
Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity is dedicated to helping those in our local community who would most benefit from their help. Recently a group of masons have been working at Ecclesholme Care Home clearing a patch of bramble ridden rough and embarking on a planting project to improve the garden area.
The Province of Cheshire is dedicated to supporting those in our local community who would most benefit from their help. In addition to providing financial support, members freely give of their time and expertise in a variety of of different ways. Recently, a group of masons helped manually dig out a pathway at the Petty Pool Trust near Northwich from the main campus, through a forested area to the Pool to enable its residents easier access to the Pool and all its wildlife.
The Masonic Fishing Charity, whose aim is “to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with Special Needs”, work in organising fishing events up and down the country.
A huge explosion at the Bosley Wood Flour plant on 17th July devastated the village of Bosley, near Congleton. The Province donated £10,000 to the Bosley Disaster Appeal which will help those affected.