Freemasons’ Hall, located on London Road in Leicester, hosted representatives of many local charities and good causes from all over Leicestershire and Rutland, to present grants totaling £59,797 to those in need.
The LOROS Hospice, who provides expert care to over 2,500 terminally ill patients across Leicestershire and Rutland every year, received a donation of £6,800 to help with the running costs of providing the service. Other beneficiaries on the day included the Air Ambulance Service, who received £7,927 from local Lodges and Freemasons, which was raised through generous donations of members, families, and friends.
The local Sea Scouts of South Leicester were among several Scouting groups present, to receive £2,000 to purchase urgently needed computer equipment to help support members in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. One of the other Scouting groups, the Loughborough & District Scouts, received £1,000 to assist with providing a wide range of activities, facilities, and services to the children involved.
From the Dorothy Goodman School in Hinckley, Paul Bond was on hand to receive a donation of £1,700 and explain the work that Academy does to help pupils with learning difficulties from the age of three up to nineteen.
The Melton Mowbray Toy Soldier Marching Band teaches children from the age of nine to read and play music. Funds were required to enable less privileged children to attend the Battle of Flowers Parade which is being held in Jersey. A donation of £1,000 was presented by the Leicestershire & Rutland Masonic Charity Association to assist with this most worthy cause.
The Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons, David Hagger thanked all thirty-one of the charities who had attended the presentation for their continued efforts and hard work in the local communities.