This year's donations to non-masonic charities by the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association will total £150,000, of which the majority has now been distributed. Around 120 charities have received sums ranging from £250 to £6500. An amount has been kept in reserve so that urgent requests during the year can be met. Pictured are representatives from some of the larger recipient charities, who received their cheques at a lunch, hosted at the Warwickshire Masonic Temple, Edgbaston, Birmingham, in February by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey. After congratulating the representatives of the charities present, the Provincial Grand Master thanked Pam Hegarty for the work she had done in organising the lunch, and the colossal administrative workload resulting from the allocated donations. W Bro David Butcher, as Chairman of the Acorns Children’s Hospice, thanked the Province of Warwickshire for their tremendous support, on behalf of all the charity representatives.
The WMCA Trustees evaluate the financial situation on an annual basis and allocate an amount depending on the income for the year. Donations are subsequently made to registered charities which operate primarily within the area covered by the Province of Warwickshire. The process is managed on behalf of the Trustees by W Bro John Hayward, the Provincial Grand Charity Steward assisted by W Bro Bill Clark, the Provincial Grand Almoner.
A full summary of the donations can be seen on the Provincial website. They are grouped by: Hospices, Hospitals and Air Ambulances; Carers and Support Groups; Homeless; Churches and Heritage Projects; Support Groups for Medical Conditions; Support for the Disabled; Sports and Clubs; Forces and Forces Help ; Care Homes ; Donations and Help for Masonic Events; Deaf and Blind; Medical Research; Holidays and Support for Disadvantaged and Disabled People.
Nominations for future donations to registered Warwickshire charities should be forwarded to John Hayward at the Charity Office in Edgbaston.