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Freemasonry – supporting national and local charities

Freemasonry in general is making a real effort to let the public see the very good work they do.

This work continues throughout the different communities in the UK, and the province of Somerset is certainly playing their part by encouraging all of their lodges to report on their charitable work.

The Royal Somerset Lodge in Frome recently paid a visit to the base of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance at Henstridge and presented them with a cheque for £1,200, this being the sum that was raised for them during Steve Booker’s year as Master of the lodge.

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has approved this year grants totalling £650,000 to be donated to non-Masonic causes:

• £192,000 to Air Ambulances • £433,000 in Major Grants for eight UK charities in support of youth opportunities, vulnerable people and religious buildings • £25,000 in Minor Grants to nine smaller UK charities.

During 2015, Freemasons around the country will be presenting 22 regional rescue services with donations, and Steve, during his visit, presented the helicopter crew with a check from the Grand Charity for £2000.

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has been a regular supporter of air ambulance charities and similar rescue services for eight years, donating over £1.5 million in total.