For Freemasons, for families, for everyone
Kindness has always been a core principle of Freemasonry. Individuals give time and money to help others, whether locally, nationally or globally. It may be realising a dream for a member’s child, caring for older Freemasons, volunteering on a local community project, making donations to other UK charities or responding to an international disaster appeal.
Today we are one of the UK’s top charities raising over £33 million a year and one of its main grant-giving bodies. See below the details of our five charities.
Charity Giving Evening 2019
Oxfordshire Freemasons came together on Monday 18th November 2019 to hold their annual charity cheque presentation evening at Thame Masonic Hall. The evening was hosted by R.W. Bro. James Hilditch, Provincial Grand Master, assisted by W. Bro. Graham Ellis, Deputy Provincial Grand Master and W. Bro. Alan Baverstock, Assistant Provincial Master. Organiser and compere for the evening was W. Bro. Andrew Keech, Provincial Grand Charity Steward.
In its eighth year, the hall was packed with 100 people representing 24 charities and 20 Lodges. Each charity was introduced by their sponsoring Lodge and then gave a short overview of their activities and how the funds we donated would be used.
The fundraisers offered many moving stories and tributes were paid by those who had benefited from the work of these charities.
We were also joined by two Labrador retrievers who in turn helped their owners enjoy the evening.
The Thame caterers and bar staff looked after us wonderfully and everyone left smiling after networking with other charity representatives and Oxfordshire Freemasons alike.
Total funds donated by the Lodges and the Oxford Masonic Charity on the night amounted to £31,000, which is around 25% of the total donated by Oxfordshire Lodges and the OMC this year. These funds are in addition to our 2022 Festival appeal towards the Masonic Charitable Foundation which has already reached the £640,000 mark with further to go.
“SSNAP saved my beautiful baby and picked me up when I was down”
“Dogs for Good didn’t just give me a dog – they gave me my life back”