Charity is absolutely fundamental to Freemasonry and is at its very heart. Over the years our Central and Regional Charities have been able to assist many charitable organisations ranging from medical research, emergency services, youth services to emergency relief and disaster support.
To help celebrate the 300 years of charitable donations, we are asking a selection of organisation’s we have worked with, or supported to set up exhibition stalls in the “heritage area” of our Big Party field event from which they could promote their good causes.
A few of the Charitable Organisation that will be at The Big Party are :-
Wales Air Ambulance
The charity’s four helicopters are confronted with a diverse and challenging landscape. Over 8,000 sq miles of remote countryside, bustling towns and cities, vast mountain ranges, and 800 miles of coastline.
With a widely scattered population and diverse landscape, many in Wales live in isolated locations, far from a major or specialist hospital. In urban areas, traffic congestion and collisions can significantly delay treatment when on a road ambulance. For these reasons, there is a recognised need for our three helicopters on active duty 365 days a year.
Blood Bikes North Wales
Blood Bikes Wales are an enthusiastic group of people keen to make a difference. Most of them are riders and they aim to use their skills, time and enthusiasm to help the Health Service in Wales.
The NHS uses its own transportation system to move blood supplies, plasma, documents and other items between hospitals during the day on Mondays to Fridays. Between 7pm and 7am on weekdays, on weekends and on bank holidays, the regular system used to stop and the NHS used the police, the ambulance service, taxis and couriers to carry the vital supplies.
You can imagine what this costs the NHS. This is where Blood Bikes Wales comes in, their volunteers provide the NHS with out-of-hours transport saving substantial sums which can be used for frontline patient care. They estimate that for each pound they receive in donations, the NHS will save at least five pounds.
Masonic Charitable Foundation
For Freemasons, for families, for everyone
Most of the support provided by the Masonic Charitable Foundation takes the form of financial grants to individuals and families to assist with daily living costs. We can also award grants to provide specific items or services.
In addition to the support we provide to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people.
We also help to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contribute to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, our support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.
The Foundation brings together the work of four national Charities which had been operating separately under various names since the early 18th Century.
Lifelites provides specialist entertainment, educational and assistive technology packages to over 9,000 children and young people with life-limiting, life-threatening and disabling conditions in children’s hospices.
Lifelites aim is to provide one of these technology package in every baby and children’s hospices across the British Isles. The hospices have to make a formal application for a new package but do not contribute a penny towards it as all of Lifelites’ work is funded solely by donations.
The equipment, ongoing technical support and training at each hospice costs around £50,000 over four years.
St David’s Hospice
St David’s Hospice is a local charity, caring for local people, delivering specialist care to adult patients with advanced illnesses or those in need of end of life care and their families. Every year, this touches the lives of over 1000 people within our local communities from across the counties of Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey. We offer 24 hour care, 365 days a year providing a clinical service alongside emotional, physical and spiritual support. In our Day Care Unit we provide patient care, bereavement and counselling services, whilst our Inpatient Unit offers symptom control, respite and end of life care. It costs over £3 million each year to deliver the services – that’s over £8,000 a day. The majority of this comes from community fundraising. None of these costs are passed to the patients, their families or carers, because St David’s Hospice care is free to all.
CLiC Sargent (children’s cancer charity)
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health.
Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent’s specialist care teams will step in, ready to help, support and guide. They will provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family.
CLIC Sargent fights tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, often when they feel they can’t. We do this individually, locally and nationally, so that they can focus on the important things, like getting well. And if the worst happens, we will work with bereaved families to get them support, to help them cope with their emotional pain.
Music in Hospitals
Music in Hospitals (MiH) is a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for adults and children with all kinds of illness and disability through the joy and therapeutic benefits of professionally performed live music in hospitals, hospices, day care centres, special schools and care homes.
They organise in the region of 4,500 professionally performed interactive live music concerts a year for people of any age receiving care or treatment for an illness or disability. Their musicians visit hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres and special schools and all concerts are tailored to meet the needs of the particular audience-group and setting.
Blind Veterans UK
Blind Veterans UK believe that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone.
That’s why they’re here to help with lifelong practical and emotional support which they provide to Armed Forces and National Service veterans regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight.
They help veterans recover their independence and discover a life beyond sight loss.
Combat Stress is the UK’s leading veterans’ mental health charity. They treat a range of mental health conditions including PTSD, depression and anxiety.
Mental health issues can affect ex-servicemen and women of all ages. Right now, they have more than 6,000 veterans registered with them for support. They’re a vital lifeline for these veterans, and their families.
Their treatment and support services are always free of charge for veterans.
If you have cancer or you’re close to someone who has, it can be frightening and stressful. We can help. We bring treatment, emotional support and practical advice to where it matters most; the heart of your community.
Tenovus Cancer Care is here to help you cope, and through our vital research, we offer hope. We’re the leading cancer charity in Wales and, whenever you need us, we’re here for you.
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
Teddies for Loving Care
What is the TLC Appeal?
The simple objective is for Freemasons to provide teddy bears and soft toys to Accident and Emergency units, for the medical staff, to give, at their discretion, to children admitted who are in severe distress and where the staff feel that a teddy or soft toy to cuddle will help alleviate the stress and assist them in their work.
Is this a Public appeal?
As a charity, we do not turn down donations from others who see the benefits of the idea, but over 99% of the money needed is being donated by Freemasons.
Do the children keep the teddy?
Yes, they take the teddy home.
Masonic Fishing Charity
“The Masonic Fishing Charity’s aim is to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs”.
It achieves this by running fishing events, both coarse and fly, at various fisheries and inviting participants from special needs schools and centres and people who have suffered trauma to come and join in.
This is far more than just a days fishing though! It enables mentally disabled people to gain in confidence, meet new challenges and achieve tangible results to take away; it helps disadvantaged people and those from harsh backgrounds to renew their confidence in meeting people and interacting with adults from outside their spheres; it helps physically disabled people (including war heroes and stroke victims) to participate and experience something that may otherwise be unavailable to them and it enables our volunteers to give back to the community and have some fun along the way.
The charity is completely run by volunteers and is a non profit making enterprise.
Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association
The Widows Sons is an International Association which is open to all Freemasons who enjoy motorcycling and have a desire to ride with and associate with their fraternal brothers. Our goal is to:
- Introduce the pleasures of motorcycling to our Masonic Brothers
- Raise Masonic Awareness in the world of motorcycling
- Support our regular Masonic lodges through regular attendance and assisting with or attending lodge events.
- Raise Money for Charitable Causes
While we wear identifying regalia, or patches, the Widows Sons are not a biker gang, MC or 1% Club. We are required to represent the fraternity in a positive light at all times. The Widows Sons serve to raise money for charitable causes, raise Masonic awareness while attending public motorcycling events and support our regular Lodges in whatever capacity we are able. Widows Sons chapters have helped to increase Masonic membership through our presence and visibility during public motorcycle events and rallys.
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