The Freemasons' Grand Charity has announced its first large grants for 2013 - £192,000 for air ambulance charities. Freemasons have been a regular supporter of air ambulance charities since 2007, donating £1.3 million in total to twenty-two rescue services. Every air ambulance in England and Wales has received funding.
Operating almost entirely from donations, air ambulance services save thousands of lives each year by getting doctors to patients in emergency situations as quickly as possible.
Each Provincial and Metropolitan Grand Lodge will present £4,000 to an air ambulance or similar rescue service in its region, a total of £192,000 is being donated.
The Province of Warwickshire made separate donations of £4500 earlier in 2013 from Provincial funds to both the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance.
The following air ambulance charities are amongst those to receive funds:
- Cornwall Air Ambulance
- Devon Air Ambulance
- Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance
- Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
- East Anglian Air Ambulance
- Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance
- Great North Air Ambulance
- Great Western Air Ambulance Service
- Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
- Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance Trust
- Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust
- London’s Air Ambulance
- Midlands Air Ambulance
- North West Air Ambulance
- ThamesValley & Chiltern Air Ambulance
- Wales Air Ambulance
- Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (see here)
- Wiltshire Air Ambulance
- Yorkshire Air Ambulance
The Provincial Grand Master for Warwickshire RW Bro David Macey (l) and the
Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire VW Bro Dr Vivian Thomas,
presenting Grand Charity cheques to Pilots Gary Spender and Paul Hogan.
The Provincial Grand Secretary W Bro Chris Rogers trying to squeeze into a small cockpit!
Photography by the Provincial Charity Steward