One of the core characteristics of Freemasonry is charity and the principle of giving your time or money to help those around you; whether this is in the Lodge, in the local community or nationally and internationally.
As an organisation we are one of the largest fundraisers for charity in the UK; raising millions each year, which is distributed via the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).
At a Provincial level, our Lodges work hard to serve the communities around them; regularly making donations or organising events to support some of the smaller local charities that, more often than not, the members themselves have personal experiences with.
All our Lodges have a Charity Steward and Almoner, whose job it is to co-ordinate their charitable undertakings and, just as important, to ensure that the members and their families are also taken care of.
The Provincial Charity Steward
The Provincial Charity Steward is responsible for supporting and encouraging charitable endeavours within the Province. In addition, he assists the Provincial Executive to raise the profile of Freemasonry in the community by identifying worthy projects for support and building relationships with local charitable organisations.
He will also visit individual Lodges as often as possible; to support the work of Lodge Charity Stewards and be a focal point for advice and assistance; providing guidance on their fund-raising ideas (bearing in mind current legislation and best practice).
Finally, during a ‘Festival’ (a fundraising drive that takes place over a five-year period) he works closely with the Festival Committee and the nominated charity to ensure that, over the Festival, the maximum amount is raised is achieved for that charity.
Find out about the results of our most recent Festival by clicking here.