It is a little known fact that Freemasons are second only to the UK National Lottery in giving financial support to non-masonic charities and good causes. And taking this a stage further those funds so freely given to external charities are raised from within Freemasonry as opposed to being gathered by an organisation from the general public for onward distribution. So it is the Freemasons themselves who give generously to support both masonic and non-masonic charities.
Charity is at the heart of our organisation, and our brethren contribute whatever they are able to give at each Lodge of Instruction meeting (weekly) Lodge Meeting (quarterly) and at other external events, such as our Ladies Festival.
Our Master selects a charity to support during his year, but any member can suggest a charity and many are very personal to the brethren.
Below is a list of some of the Charities we have been delighted to be able to help in the last few years.
Help for Heroes
St Mathews Church Organ fund
Wexham Park hospital SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit)
Royal Berks Cancer
Essex and Southend Welfare Trust
Teddies for Loving Care
Chase Hospice for Children
Princess Alice Hospice