Freemasons aid charities from Tyne to Tweed
Northumberland Freemasons have celebrated a milestone anniversary by giving away thousands of pounds to local charities.
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland has given away £300,000 to mark the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.
This included a £5,000 donation to Berwick & District Cancer Support Group.
Ian Craigs, the Provincial Grand Master of Northumberland said: “We’ve donated money to charities close to each of our 27 lodge buildings across North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland so that we can really make a positive impact on local projects and causes near to where Masonry takes place.
“Our donations were all chosen by our members and the money has helped the charities concerned carry on their work locally within the community.”
In total, 78 charities received cheques for the good work they do to help the people across the region.
In addition, at the Province’s Annual General Meeting in November, a cheque for a further £300,000 was given to the Masonic Charitable Foundation so that their work helping people nationally and internationally could be supported.
“Very often, the general public don’t know about our charitable donations and we’re now encouraging charities to talk to us as we may be able to help them,” said Mr Craigs. “Freemasonry has a terrific amount to offer in today’s society and this year we’ve enjoyed many diverse activities in Northumberland and Tyneside to mark our 300th anniversary.”
These included a Teddy bears picnic held at The Alnwick Garden in the summer attended by more than 200 children, including Lowick First School.
“It’s been a fantastic year for our freemasons from the Tyne to the Tweed and I’m very proud of the work we’ve done in the community which has made a positive impact on so many people who need our help,” said Mr Craigs.