Sheffield charities benefit from share of £64k Masonic New Year grants

Four Sheffield charities are amongst 35 different groups benefiting from New Year grants totalling £64,000, courtesy of the Freemasons.

Thursday, 19th December 2019, 4:01 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 1:54 pm
Andy Parfrement, left, manager of the Cathedral Archer Project, with volunteers from the project.

Mums In Need, a Sheffield based domestic abuse charity that supports mums who have left abusive relationships, has been awarded £2,025 to buy three laptops, meanwhile Cruse Bereavement Care - a charity offering bereavement support, has been given £1,368 to purchase further computer equipment.

Parsons House Outdoor Pursuits Centre - a charity that assists young people in improving their physical and mental capacities – has received a grant of £1,200 to buy a defibrillator, whilst The Cathedral Archer Project was granted £1,000 to continue to help homeless people in Sheffield, through the distribution of footwear and sleeping bags.

Each year the fund distributes £200,000 to good causes around the province, which is based on the old West Riding, geographically ranging from Sheffield in the South to Ripon in the North.

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In addition to the minor grants given on a quarterly basis - which range from £6,000 to £600 - major grants have been presented annually at the fraternity’s annual meeting at the Royal Hall in Harrogate. These can often exceed £30,000.

David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “Being able to financially support these four Sheffield organisations is a wonderful testament to the generosity of our members, and a fantastic way to celebrate the New Year.”

With grants totalling over £5 million each year the Masonic Charitable Foundation help thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives and participate actively in society.

Over the last forty years, they have provided over £130 million to charities. The MCF’s work is funded solely through the generous donations of Freemasons under the United Grand Lodge of England, their families and friends.

Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for one another but also for the community as a whole both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.