Brethren your Charity has continued to work on your behalf for those in need within the Province, both Masonic and non-Masonic,
Since our last update [13 April 20] the PGM’s Fund has made grants to the following charities;-
£2500 - The Howarth Foundation, Leeds and Kirklees. The primary activity of this Charity is to prevent or relieve poverty in respect of individuals who are or have recently been homeless.
£3000 - Swinnow Community Centre is a community centre run by volunteers and accommodates various community groups. From the beginning of the pandemic they have been providing hot food and sandwiches to 200 local children and 100 elderly persons every day.
£3000 - Homeless Street Angels, Leeds City Centre. The charity provides support for the homeless with hot food, clean clothes and toiletries.
£2000 - Thorne & Moorlands Community Hub is a food bank assisting families, children and single people in the community. All those involved in its organisation are volunteers. Local families already relied upon the Hub for assistance and support. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic and its effect on the local community the Hub is having to increase the number of food parcels to help those in dire need.
£2000 - FaithNet is a self funded food bank run by local volunteers who normally cover the areas of Featherstone, Sharlston, Streethouse and Ackton.. However, closure of other food banks within the area due to COVID-19 has increased the need for assistance considerably whilst voluntary donations have diminished.
£1200 - Trinity Mission Food bank Castleford. They are currently providing "survival level" food to those in dire circumstances many of whom have dependent children. The food bank is manned solely by volunteers who gather, pack and distribute to the local community. Trinity Mission also provides broader services to others in need in the area.
As part of our ongoing programme we continue to support other charities. A donation of £2500 has been made to Prostate Cancer UK to help with raising awareness of the disease and hopefully encourage more men to have a test. The risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age. Most cases develop in men aged 50 and above. Be aware – Get checked NOW
PGM’s Fund grants from 1st April now total £53,000
CHOICES continues to provide assistance and support to our Brethren, their Widows, families and dependants who may be in financial distress or have other urgent, immediate or pressing needs.
From 1st April 2020 - 17 Grants have been made to a value of £14,750. 12 of which are Covid-19 related.
The process is quick, simple and extremely efficient. For the fastest response contact your Lodge Almoner. or ring the confidential help line on 03449 020220
CLICK Here for more information on WRMCL and its role. Our grateful thanks for your continuing generosity. W.Bro. Peter Worth and.W.Bro. Jack Pigott on behalf of WRMCL