The Mark Benevolent Fund(M.B.F.) was founded in 1868 by Reverend George Raymond Portal, the then Grand Master for the Mark. It is now the National Charitable arm of the Mark Degree. In recent years it has supported many major Charities, including £3M to the Osteoporosis Society and similar amounts to St John Ambulance and ‘Hope for Tomorrow’, a charity providing Mobile Chemotherapy Units.
Airedale Hospital in West Yorkshire received a Mobile Chemotherapy Unit funded by the M.B.F. in November 2018. Over the last 12 months, it has donated over £200,000 to Charities across West Yorkshire, including:
An Ambulance Support Vehicle for St John Ambulance Yorkshire £32,000 A Rapid Response Vehicle for Yorkshire Air Ambulance £32,093 A new Minibus for Martin House Hospice, Boston Spa £39,957 Refurbishment of a Canal Barge for Safe Anchor Trust £48,235 Special Syringe Drivers for Kirkwood Hospice, Huddersfield £23,400 A Flood Relief grant to South Yorkshire Community Foundation £20,000 Perinatal unit support, Forget-me-not Children’s Hospice, Huddersfield £16,585 Portable Electronic Gaming equipment for Forget-me-not Hospice £4.035
Similar to the Craft national Charity, the M.C.F., the Mark Benevolent Fund relies on Provincial Festivals for its funding and the Mark Province of West Yorkshire is currently in Festival. You can help to support the West Yorkshire Mark Festival just CLICK HERE The Cleeves and Whitehead Trust is a local West Yorkshire Mark Charity, providing Support and Pastoral Care for West Yorkshire Mark Masons and their families. It also makes grants to worthy causes in the community and last year donated over £44,000 to Charities in our Province. These included:
Lost Chord (Dementia Charity, South Yorkshire) £1,000 SNAPS (Special Needs support, Leeds) £2,000 Asperger’s Children & Carers Together (Autism support, Sheffield) £1,500 Bradford Toy Library & Resource Centre (Toys for disabled children) £2,000 Safe Anchor Trust (Barge trips for disabled & disadvantaged, Mirfield) £2,000 Woodlands View Dementia Support Group (Sheffield) £7,200 Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes £2,000 Leeds Weekend Care (Weekend care for children with special needs) £1,000 Bradford Deaf Children (Supporting deaf children and their parents) £1,000 Performance Drama School (Providing children’s drama classes, Otley) £2,000 Clothing Solutions for Disabled People (Bradford) £2,000 Brighouse Central Methodist Church £13,440 Burley in Wharfedale Scout & Guide Group £1,890 Fulfil the Wish (Activities for children with disabilities, Bradford) £2,500 Round Table Children’s Wish (Fulfilling wishes for sick children) £2,000
Mark Charities are proud to support the above worthy causes, which has augmented the excellent work being done across the Province by West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd. R.W.Bro. J Steggles GMRAC