2017 has been an outstanding year of charitable donations to worthy recipients within our communities in Cheshire, with a record amount donated by Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity, the Masonic Charitable Foundation and by the Freemasons of Cheshire via their Lodges , Chapters and personal donations. To Celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry in England and to mark the record amounts donated the Province of Cheshire held a Charitable Awards Event at the Hammond School of the Performing Arts at Chester on Monday 4th May. Over 250 Cheshire Masons, Wives and Partners in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, The Lord Mayor of Chester, The Bishop of Chester and RWBro Stephen Martin Blank the Provincial Grand Master of Cheshire Freemasons.
Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton-under Lyne can now take Hospice Services to the
Community in their Outreach Vehicle
St Ann’s Hospice in Cheadle needs to replace Mattresses with Massage features to
reduce the damage caused by lying for prolonged periods
Claire House Children’s Hospice at Clatterbridge on the Wirral now have Bathing facility
which stimulates the Children by therapeutic bathing combined with a light and sound
The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust at Millington near Lymm now have a new 14 seater bus
with facilities for disabled Children which will enable the Charity to bring Children to the
Adventure Farm for a Holiday experience.
Bridge Community Farm in Ellesmere Port trains long term unemployed people and puts them to work growing vegetables
Cheshire Scout’s County Commissioner Graham Phillips received from VWBro. Alan Glazier Deputy Provincial Grand Master a certificate confirming £50,000 awarded to enable improvements to residential facilities at Sandiway and to mke grants to Scout Groups in need of financial support
Wirral Radio located at Leasowe near Birkenhead runs a Charity called Wirral Kids
which supports Children who have dropped through the Education System and is
very successful in integrating them back into the main stream.
The Hale Community recently completed their Synagogue, a project started in 2001
The Synagogue hosted a non denominational Service of Thanksgiving as part of the
Tercentenary Celebrations on Sunday 7th May
Following the Interval the audience were entertained by 15 Years old Student of the Hammond School, Megan Basford
The Hammond School of the Performing Arts located at Hoole, Chester hosted the Province of Cheshire Charitable Awards in their 300 seater Theatre.
Ron Evans informed the Audience that since 2004 when the TLC Appeal was started in Cheshire over 130,000 Teddies have been donated to the 10 Hospitals with Paediatric A&E Departments which service Cheshire. He presented Stephen Cross Director of Corporate and Legal Services at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust with a Certificate
From 12th June until 31st July the general public voted on line for 6 Cheshire Charities and shared £58,000 John McCrohan from the Masonic Charitable Foundation attended the Awards to make the first announcement of the results of the Public Vote here in Cheshire. Over 177,000 members of the public took part in the National Vote. The First Award was the one which garnered the most votes from the public in Cheshire.
Peter Carroll the Chairman of the Trustees of Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity announced a special presentation to Peggy Maskrey who was awarded a cheque for £2,000 payable to the Charity of her choice, Peggy has worked as a volunteer at the Charles Thompson Mission since she was 8 years old now in her nineties she has been honoured as an MBE
Colin Ross then outlining the additional grants that CFC has made in 2017
£41,000 to Masonic Charities
£18,000 to Cancer care, Prostate Cancer screening and Proton Beam Therapy Research
£10,000 to Cheshire Hospices
£20,000 from the Disaster Fund to MEN Terrorist Attack and the Fire at the Christie Hospital
£12,000 to the three Masonic Care Homes
A total of £45,600 has been awarded to 40 local Charities via the Community Grant Scheme
Our Lodges and Chapters have also made donations to Charities and worthy causes of their choice
The total of Charitable Giving made by Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity , Masonic Charitable Foundation, our Lodges, Chapters and individual Freemasons exceeds HALF a MILLION POUNDS