For many years now, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today with many charities and organisations setup in the name of Freemasonry. Below is a list of masonic charity we here at Royston Lodge donate to.
- The Grand Charity
The Grand Charity was set up to respond quickly to urgent needs such as natural disasters. It helps individuals and many charities. Recently the Grand Charity donated £2.1m to Masonic causes and £2.9m to non-Masonic causes within one year. Additionally the Grand Charity supports Masons, their widows and other dependants who have fallen on hard times.
- The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
The Masonic Order maintains 19 Old Peoples Homes, which look after some 2,000 old people. Prince George Duke of Kent Court at Chislehurst is the nearest. Some of the homes are specially equipped to care for those with mental or physical illnesses and are tailored to meet people’s needs.
- The Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
The educational needs of over 1500 orphaned children or grandchildren of Freemasons are looked after by the Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. The trust has recently launched a major new initiative to provide educational equipment – especially computers – to the specialist hospices for children in England and Wales. It also supplies grants for students.
- The Samaritan Fund
The New Samaritan Fund supports the needy, sick and infirm Freemasons and their families, particularly where they cannot obtain treatment from the National Health Service without undue delay or hardship.
In addition to Masonic charities, donations are made to national and local charities and organisation including: