This year's donations to non-masonic charities by the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association will amount to approximately £150,000. The larger sums have been distributed at a luncheon to which 28 recipients were invited. In addition some 120 further charities will soon have received sums ranging from £250 to £1500. An amount has been kept in reserve so that urgent requests during the year can be met. Trustees of the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association evaluate the financial situation on an annual basis and allocate an amount depending on investment 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 will be published on the Provincial website as soon as all donations have been distributed. Donations are grouped by:
- Hospices, Hospitals and Air Ambulances
- Carers and Support Groups
- 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
- Sight and Hearing Conditions and Research
- Medical Research
- Holidays and Support for Disadvantaged and Disabled People
Nominations for future donations to registered Warwickshire charities should be forwarded to John Hayward in the Charity Office at Yenton Assembly Rooms.
Pictured below are representatives from some of the larger recipient charities, who received their cheques at a lunch, hosted by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey, at the Tally Ho Conference Centre. After congratulating the representatives of the charities present, the Provincial Grand Master thanked all concerned with the organization and administration surrounding both the event and the donations. Mr Richard Green, representing Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, thanked the Province of Warwickshire for their tremendous support, on behalf of all the charity representatives.
Mrs Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of the Lifelites Charity, also thanked the organization for their generosity, and presented the Provincial Grand Master with a framed certificate in thanks for the assistance given to Lifelites, and officially recognizing their role as a 2016 Sponsor of Lifelites.
Mrs Simone Enefer-Doy presenting the sponsors certificate on behalf of Lifelites