Freemasons generously grant over £92,800 to local charities

Posted by pt91 at Sep 01, 2015 12:00 AM |
New Centre for Medicine receives £50,000 support

Issued by Leicester Freemasons in September 2015

The Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons held a grant award ceremony at Freemasons' Hall, Leicester on Saturday 26th September 2015 where 24 local charities were gifted a total of £92,845.

Among the charities receiving awards was the University of Leicester. Dr Kevin Harris, Interim Dean of the Medical School, was pleased to receive an award for £50,000 towards the building of the new Centre for Medicine which will provide a state of the art academic research and teaching environment for medical students. Dr Harris said: “Thank you very much to the Freemasons of Leicestershire and Rutland for this generous gift. This will be the newest and most advanced medical school in the country and not only will it train the next generation of doctors and healthcare professionals it will also promote the health of the local population.”

Steve O’Connor, Director of Development at the University said: “We are delighted with the most generous support we have received for the Centre for Medicine Appeal from The Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons.  They are longstanding champions of the important work of the University.  I hope that their involvement will encourage more support for this facility which will really be unique in training tomorrow’s doctors, fighting chronic disease, and ultimately revolutionising patient care locally, nationally and around the world.”

LOROS Hospice, who care for over 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, were granted £8,363. John Knight, Chief Executive of LOROS, said: “Thank you to the Freemasons for this donation which will go straight to the work of the organisation for the whole of Leicestershire and Rutland.”

Within the region, other charities received donations included The Harley Staples Cancer Trust who received a donation of £2,112, raised in part by the Wyggeston Lodge which meet in Leicester, to provide a years rent for ‘Harley’s Caravan’ allowing families with children suffering from cancer to spend quality time together at the seaside and away from hospital. Upon receiving the donation, Jamie Staples said “A massive thank you to all the Freemasons for this donation. We have had 25 families stay in our Caravan this year and we now don’t have to worry about the rent for next year as it is now sorted.’

Leicester based The Laura Centre, which offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person, received a donation of £2500. Co-founder Gail Moore said: “On behalf of everyone at The Laura Centre and the children and families we were founded to serve, I would like to thank the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons for this extremely wonderful gift.”

Head of the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons, David Hagger, said: "Freemasonry is one of the biggest contributors to UK charities and the generous donations we have given locally were raised by our members themselves through contributions and social events. We continue to raise funds for a large variety of good causes as well as contributing to society and these grants are a wonderful example of the generosity of Freemasons."

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NOTES TO EDITOR

  1. Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations which is based on the principles of kindness, honesty, fairness, tolerance and integrity.
  2. Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own charities, as well as donations to most UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds, with members playing an active role in their communities.
  3. Freemasonry provides a unique environment for people from all backgrounds to learn skills, make lasting friendships, achieve their potential and, above all, is an enjoyable hobby.
  4. Freemasonry is more relevant and important to society today than ever, as it encompasses and
    embraces all the fundamental principles of good citizenship.

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