FREEMASONRY, WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT

Charitable Works

The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness and we at the Lodge of Hope as Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for our own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

Freemasonry, from its earliest days, has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged, as well as education of less fortunate children. This work continues today and in addition, large sums are given to both national and local charities.

Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also supports regional causes. Nationally, all Lodges including The Lodge of Hope’s efforts are channelled through four main charity organisations:

MASONIC CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

“For Freemasons, for families, for everyone” Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.

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. Grants can also be awarded to provide specific items or services and some family members of The Lodge of Hope have benefited through this Foundation.

A range of health and care needs, including medical and dental treatments, counselling and mobility aids or home adaptations are supported, with funding also available for respite, residential, nursing and dementia care.

Our professional Advice and Support team offers confidential and practical guidance about the support available from the Masonic Charitable Foundation and many other organisations.

In addition to the support provided 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. Locally The Lodge of Hope is a big supporter of the Children’s Hospice at St Austell and the Devon air ambulance 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.

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ROYAL MASONIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION

The RMBI has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years.

We operate 17 residential care homes across England and Wales offering high quality care. Many of our Homes are registered for both residential and nursing care and a number offer specialist dementia care. All of our Homes can offer places to people with dementia, following an assessment of their needs and The Lodge of Hope supports Cadogan Court at Exeter which serves the Province’s of Devonshire and Cornwall.

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THE FREEMASONS’ GRAND CHARITY

“The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is dedicated to helping people in need and has donated over £100 million since 1980.”

Each year, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity provides relief grants for hundreds of individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty, as well as donating millions of pounds to nationwide charitable projects and services.

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ROYAL MASONIC TRUST FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

Royal Masonic Trust. The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys mission is:

“To relieve poverty and advance the education of children of a Masonic family and, when funds permit, support other children in need.”

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THE MASONIC SAMARITAN FUND

The Masonic Samaritan Fund is a charity funded by Freemasons and their families.

They provide grants to eligible beneficiaries who have an identified health or care need and, faced with a long wait for treatment, care or support, are unable to afford their own private care. Details of the eligibility criteria, the application process and how to support our work are available online.

Since 1948 when The Lodge of Hope was granted its warrant members and their families have benefited from the funds of all these charities.

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LOCAL CHARITY

The Lodge of Hope contributes to many local organizations and has helped many local charities over several decades. Charity is at the heart of Freemasonry and we will continue to help support the local community.

Recipients of funds from our Lodge over the years have been:

RMTGB, PGM’s Personal Fund, RMCTF, Children’s Hospice SW (St Austell),

Plymouth Heartbeat, British Heart Foundation, Meningitis Now,

The 366 Cancer Challenge, United Response, Friends & Kidney Unit (Derriford)

Charlottes Tandems, Exeter Maternity Unit, Hugs for Henry,

Action for Kids, Stepping Stones Nursery, Derriford Renal Unit

Snowdrop Appeal, Shekinah Mission, Chestnut Appeal, Little Things Charity

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Masonry to me is a chance to meet people that although from different walks of life have a common interest. It is a way to make friends and discover things that I otherwise wouldn’t. Each meeting gives me a chance to have a conversion with different people and to benefit others by giving money to deserving causes or people.

Steve CA Member of The Lodge Of Hope 6703

Since joining Masonry my social life has changed beyond recognition, I go out and have great evenings with lovely likeminded people from all walks of life. I get to spend evenings with people from hugely varying social standings and the nice part is we are all equal within masonry, and that actually is how it is. For me I like the history and ritual side of freemasonry and putting myself under a little bit of pressure to learn my ritual, all that’s asked is you give it a try and do your best and no more will ever be asked of you or you can equally not get too involved in ritual, it is your choice. Going out in a pleasant environment, sitting down with a bunch of guys from all walks, having a beer or two with my 3 or 4 course meal whilst raising some money for great charities, what’s not to want. If you consider yourself a good man and you believe in Integrity, kindness, honesty, fairness and tolerance you might want to take a look.

Alan DA Member of The Lodge Of Hope 6703