MASONIC CHARITABLE FOUNDATION (MCF)
Freemasons in Leicestershire and Rutland support the central charity the Masonic Charitable Foundation. For Freemasons, for families, for everyone. The Masonic Charitable Foundation builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.
How the Foundation helps Masonic families
A wide range of help and support is available for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows, children and grandchildren. Most of the support provided takes the form of financial grants to assist with financial, health or family related needs.
Family (Children in full-time education)
Daily living costs Grants following an accident, redundancy or personal crisis
Minor home repairs
Costs for education or training
Scholarships, travel grants and student accommodation
Supporting exceptional talent in sport, music or the performing arts
Mobility aids and home adaptations
The Foundation’s Advice & Support Team offer confidential, impartial and practical guidance about the help we can provide. The Team can also help with applications for state and local authority benefits and can put you in touch with other organisations who can give advice on care, employment and education.
How to apply
For further information about the help and support available from the Foundation please call their dedicated freephone enquiry line: 0800 035 60 90 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also write to: Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ. For more information about the Foundation’s grants and the application process, please visit:
How the Foundation helps communities
In addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation looks beyond Freemasonry, making significant financial grants to charities that help people to live happy, fulfilled lives and to participate actively in society. The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to people in need. We aim to benefit as many people as possible and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families have told us they are most passionate. To find out more about the Foundation’s Community Support and Research grants, please visit: mcf.org.uk/community Keep up to date with the Foundation’s work.
Masonic Charitable Foundation
Masonic care homes – including nursing, residential and dementia care
TEDDIES FOR LOVING CARE (TLC)
Over 16,000 Teddies have been given to children who have attended the Accident and Emergency Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary. These Teddies have been provided by the Masons of the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland who over the last 9 years have donated funds for their purchase. The Medical Staff at the hospital are most grateful for the Teddies which help to calm the children down after traumatic accidents. They are also used to describe to the children the treatments which they are about to receive.
In addition teddy drawing and colouring material is also provided to occupy children in the Accident and Emergency unit while the children await their treatment. The Doctors, Nurses and Play leaders are most appreciative of these initiatives and their regular supply and recipients are invited to send us a 'Thank You' postcard.
THE ORIGINS OF TLC
The Appeal was launched in Essex in 2001
The TLC Appeal originated after an allergic reaction suddenly caused the swelling and blocking of the windpipe of the wife of a Freemason. Her life was saved by the rapid action of the medical staff at an A&E unit, who were able to resuscitate and stabilise her. They are both eternally grateful for the swift and caring attention that she received, but found the experience the most frightening of their lives and speculated on the distress that children must face when visiting A&E units.
The idea of doing something useful for medical staff at A&E units was discussed with other local Freemasons, and from that point the compulsive idea of “Teddies for Loving Care” was born. The Appeal was launched in Essex in 2001 and has since been adopted by most of the Masonic provinces across the country. Prior to the launch, a great deal of research was carried out. Hospitals were asked how many teddies would be needed. We had to establish what style and size of teddy would be suitable in order to meet stringent toy safety regulations and be ‘cuddly’ enough to appeal to small children.
We needed to find a distributor that could source and deliver the teddies for us at reasonable cost. By canvassing local Masonic lodges and explaining the concept, we gained confidence that support for the Appeal would be there. Thankfully, after 12 years, that support and enthusiasm for the Appeal still exists and well over 1,000,000 teddies have now been distributed nationwide. Most of the money raised to fund the Appeal comes from Freemasons themselves through lodge donations, but we also receive some donations from grateful individuals and the sale of TLC merchandise e.g. other teddies (not the ones supplied to hospitals) and lapel pins.
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THE LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND MASONIC CHARITY ASSOCIATION (LRMCA)
Benevolence and Charity are the fundamental principles of Freemasonry. Freemasons are one of the largest charitable givers, donating around £7 Million per annum including making major contributions to international disaster relief funds. All donations are funded exclusively by Freemasons of the Province who as members of the LRMCA donate a minimum of £20.
Read more about our Charitable work below.
The Province through the Leicestershire and Rutland Charity Association (LRMCA) undertakes the following Charitable work with the Trustees meeting at regular intervals to:
The LRMCA encourages applications for grants from Local Charities, and also seeks nominations from the Lodges and the Brethren throughout Leicestershire and Rutland. Sympathetic consideration is given by the Trustees to requests from small Local Charities. The Lodges are actively involved in Charity, raising their own funds for chosen Charities, for the LRMCA, and the Masonic Charitable Foundation. To this end each Lodge has a Charity Steward to raise the funds and an Almoner who looks after the welfare of Lodge Brethren, their widows and their families. Via the Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) Appeal and the Province of Leicestershire & Rutland, over 16,000 Teddies have been given to children who have attended the Accident and Emergency Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary. These Teddies have been provided by the Freemasons' of Leicestershire and Rutland, who over the last 9 years have donated funds for their purchase.
If your Charity would like to be considered for a grant, please use the
contact form below to contact our Charity office.
Make grants and donations to Local Non Masonic Organisations, Institutions and registered Charities.
Provide relief and assistance to the aged, sick, distressed and infirm Freemasons and their families in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Donate to the Masonic Charitable Foundation based in London.
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