Below are some updates of how the great work of Freemasons is helping various charitable areas during this difficult time.
Worcestershire Freemasons keep the wheels of charity turning with donations totalling £7,300
At a time when Charities find it very difficult to keep themselves going, Worcestershire Freemasons are helping to keep the charity wheels turning.
Freemasons in Worcestershire are helping to keep three local charities on the road with donations totalling £7,300. Grants have been awarded from a combination of Provincial funds and applications to the MCF Covid-19 Relief Chest. Following a call for Lodges and Chapters to propose charities suffering as a result of the current pandemic, Dial a Ride, Worcester Wheels and The Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association (Blood Bike Volunteers) have all received significant grants.
All three clearly deserve our support as they continue to help those most in need at this time. Whether it be the Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association helping with the critical work of Blood Bike Volunteers (£1,000 grant), Worcester Wheels, helping those in the community with shopping or attending medical appointments (£1,000 grant) or Dial-a-ride providing shopping delivery or transport in accessible vehicles for older people unable to use public transport (£5,300 grant), it is important that we play our part in ensuring they continue their work at a time when it is needed more than ever. These charities are now able to continue their work and stay on the road for a little longer.
Worcester Maggs Day Centre
After a night sleeping rough, Maggs Day Centre gives homeless people somewhere warm and dry to spend the day. A safe place where they don't have to watch their back and
somewhere where they can get a warm meal 5 days a week. In bad weather the homeless have no way of warming up and drying out so Maggs are able to supply that warmth and a much needed and welcome change of clothes.
With a £1,000 grant from the MCF COVID-19 Relief Chest Maggs submitted by David Rushforth, are able to help the homeless in Worcester at a time when they are particularly vulnerable and most in need. The grant will be specifically spent on helping to collect clothes.
Don't forget that it's also possible to help the Maggs Clothing Project by taking clothes to either Northfield Masonic Hall or Stourport Masonic Hall which are the pilot centres.
Pershore Volunteer Centre
Following a call for Lodges and Chapters to suggest charities in need of support during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Elgar Lodge submitted the Pershore Volunteer Centre who aim to reduce rural and social isolation for local people. The need being no greater than at this time.
The Provincial Charity Steward investigated the need and the Province were pleased to provide a £250 Grant to help towards the cost of collecting prescriptions, arranging essential shopping where local deliveries can’t help and even arranging someone to call and have a chat – so important during these times of isolation and lockdown.