Charity is at the very heart of Freemasonry with charity continuing to play a major role in our lodge activities with a range of charities, both local as well as national being supported. This support comes from the goodwill of the brethren themselves and no outside funding is ever sought, nor do we solicit funding through street collections or similar fund raising activities, all donations being made by the brethren directly.
The lodge engages with local charities and has donated to Cancer Research UK after a very successful St George’s Day dinner fund-raising night with £2,621 donated to this charity.
The South Central Area Charity Cheque Presentation evening held on 19th June enabled the lodge to donate to our invited guests from the following charities:
Rowans Hospice £244
Dementia UK £950
The Flutterby Fund £950
In addition over the course of May and June, the lodge sent donations to:
Portsmouth Hospitals Charity £120
Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity £45
The Rainbow Centre £20
Cancer Research UK £12
In total the lodge has donated £4,962 this year.
Freemasonry has a long and proud history of charitable giving which continues today through the work of the MCF.
In 2022 Hampshire & Isle of White Masons launched a new 5 year festival (2027 Festival). As with previous Festivals, the aim is for Masonic Lodges within the Province to raise funds to support the MCF in its charitable work, both locally and nationally.
For the Financial year 2019/2020, the MCF has given 10 Local Hampshire & Isle of White Charities over £30,380
The 2016 Festival raised a staggering £7,746,319
St Christopher Lodge No. 7919 supported the 2016 RMTGB Festival and was presented with the platinum Festival Gavel in recognition of the efforts of the Brethren involved.
In all of this our Masonic Charitable Foundation plays a huge role by providing financial support to numerous charities, indeed Freemasonry is second only to the National Lottery in supporting charitable causes in the UK as well as providing financial support abroad.