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CHARITY | St Mary at Finchley

Charity and Freemasonry

Few people realise how much time, effort and money Freemasons put into their local communities. This is probably due to the fact that they do not shout about it.

Part of being a Freemason is the genuine desire one has to be a useful member of society and to do something positive for other people, especially those who are less fortunate, less able or for whom life has simply dealt them a 'poor hand'.

As with many other societies, part of the annual income received by Freemason's Lodges and the Provincial Grand Lodge is set aside and spent on providing for members in need. These 'needs' could be for medical treatment, home care for the sick and elderly or by contributing towards an unexpected bill. However, what is not generally known is the contribution made by Freemasons to non-Masonic groups, charities and other worthy organisations. Sometimes they will organise social events specifically in support of a venture 'close to home' and even closer to their hearts.

Many individual Lodges decide for themselves which local 'good causes' they want to support. Freemasons recognise the importance of playing a full part in all aspects of the community in which they live and work. In giving to others Freemasons are always reminded that a commitment to their family always takes precedence and that charitable donations and activities must only be made if they are not detrimental to the family unit.

There are many worthwhile organisations within our community who need support. Giving financial support conveys emotional support for the work of the charities, professional staff and volunteers and through them to the communities who benefit from their work. Those benefits extend beyond the area we normally think of and through to extended family and friends, it is the impact on society as a whole which encourages Freemasons to offer support to so many worthy charities and organisations. It is important to stress that charitable giving is generally restricted to organisations and causes which are registered with the Charities Commission.

The Freemasons' Grand Charity