Freemasonry has a strong link with Charitable giving and Londesborough Lodge has a wonderful record of supporting many organisations both Masonic and more general......
Our WM, W.Bro John Culling, has selected the Metropolitan Masonic Charity (MMC) and Riding for the Disabled as his chosen causes. It is hoped the brethren will be as generous as they have been in recent years
Over the last few years we have supported the following:-
Masonic Samaritan Fund
Londesborough supported this from inception as part of the London Appeal in 1990 gaining the Gold Jewel in the process.
This most worthy of causes assists Freemasons and their dependents to obtain medical assistance and treatment close to where they live, should the NHS not be able to offer an appointment within a reasonable time and if they cannot afford to pay for private treatment.
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
The RMBI was founded back in 1861 for the purpose of assisting elderly Freemason's and their dependants. This obviously has a large cost associated to the running and maintaining the 17 care homes and sheltered housing throughout England & Wales which currently support 1,100 residents as well as some 3,000 people who annually seek assistance from a Care Advice Worker
Londesborough is a Grand Patron of the Charity and supported the 2009 London Appeal achieving the Diamond Award
This organisation assists those suffering brain injuries by offering advice and support and helping to integrate back to a normal life after surgery. It also majors on education, by ensuring GP's in the importance of early recognition of a brain injury.
The ARK Facility is recognised as a flagship for medical eduction, cancer teaching research and conference facilities and allows those in the medical profession share important knowledge to the betterment of mankind throughout the world.
Prostrate Cancer kills approximately 10,000 men in the UK each year and this foundation leads the way in reasearch which requires funding.
Sturmer Village Hall
The Village Hall was built originally as the Village School; the proposed plans for the school being approved on 27th May 1875. At that time, the school was needed as it was too far for the younger children to walk to school in Haverhill, return to Sturmer for lunch and back to school for the afternoon The older children had special permission to take lunch with them to eat at school. The school opened on January 8th 1877 (5 months before Londesborough was Consecrated!)
Our association is in memory of Pat Allison the wife of Terry one of our former members.
National Association for Gifted Children
The work of this organisation with parents and teachers, confirms that gifted students are vulnerable to under achievement and that reasons and sources are both varied and complex. Sometimes learning difficulties are combined with giftedness and can disguise many issues. Parents seeking guidance are assisted through donations.
National Asthma Campaign
This independent UK Charity is dedicated to conquering asthma, a serious condition that now affects over 5 million people in this country. It funds asthma research, offers help and advice and campaigns for a better deal for those suffering with asthma.
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Research commissioned by Marie Curie Cancer Care shows that 64% of people would choose to die at home, but in reality only 25% achieve this. Every year Marie Curie Nurses make that wish possible for thousands of cancer patients in cities, towns and villages across the UK by caring for around 50 per cent of all cancer patients who die at home. They work through the night or during the day to provide care for patients in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own home.
This organisation needs little introduction to most of us for the tireless work done for the community on a truly local and global basis. Londesborough had a close connection with the Croydon Citadel over very many years with them attending our Xmas meeting dinner.
The Lord is My Shepherd Educational Centre
The Lord is My shepherd Educational Center at Kasoa was founded by Dave Mustill, a British Airways flight dispatcher at Heathrow. On the 26 March 1998 phase 3 of the project was officially opened.
The success of this school is attributed to the efforts of Dave Mustill, the school's director - Georgina Mensah, the Hartley Trust Ghana Educational Foundation and British Airways.
The Rebel Trust
The Rebel Trust
The Rebel Trust financially supports the TS REBEL Sea Cadet School which takes cadets from a wide geographic area onto a number of courses on one of several vessels. Unlike Army & Air Cadets, Sea Cadets are only partly publicly funded and donations have allowed many hundreds of youngsters to gain qualifications over the last 20 years.
Royal Masonic Trust for Girls & Boys
The Mission Statement of the Trust sums up what they do perfectly..........!
"To continue to relieve poverty and provide an education for life for the children of the family of a Freemason and, where funds permit, for any children, as their fathers would have done had they been able so to do."
Good Shepherd Mission to the Homeless
One of the most visible acts carried out by the Good Shepherd Mission, is a weekly food and soup run to hungry, homeless people on the streets of London every Thursday.
Children with Cancer UK
This disease can strike at all ages, but for those who are affected in childhood are the most likely to be assisted by the ongoing research and to help in bringing new drugs to clinical trial.
Asian Earthquake Appeal
Through the Grand Charity - Freemasons' are generally among the first to send a donation when a global tragedy happens. The Asian earthquake touched the members of the Lodge so a cheque was sent to the Red Cross who administered the funds.
My Parkinsons Team
Parkinson's disease is one of a larger group of neurological conditions called motor system disorders. Historians have found evidence of the disease as far back as 5000 B.C. It was first described as "the shaking palsy" in 1817 by British doctor James Parkinson. Because of Parkinson's early work in identifying symptoms, the disease came to bear his name. The Parkinson's Disease Society of the United Kingdom is the leading charity dedicated to supporting all people with Parkinson's, their families, friends and carers.
Riding for the Disabled
In the UK, over 500 groups assisted by some 19,000 volunteers enable almost 25,000 disabled riders of all ages enjoy regular exercise. Over 3,000 weekly sessions mean that in excess of 400,000 rides per year take place. Impressive!
St Lukes Hospice, Kenton, Middlesex
Like so many hospices, St Luke's cannot operate without donations. A couple of facts: £5,500 needs to be raised every day to keep the doors open; £40,000 pays for one specialist nurse for one year (salary/training/support costs); and £50,000 per year is need to run the Hospice at Home service where patients can receive hospice care at home
Macmillan Cancer Support
This organisation is a comprehensive cancer care charity, supporting patients and their families via: Hospices, Nursing, Research & Education. Ten Hospices throughout the UK and a Nursing Service for those wishing to remain at home. These donations enable these services to be further increased.
Cleft lip and pallet are the most common hereditary malformations and with todays medical and technical expertise it can be very simple and inexpensive to rectify. This organisation assists in taking this expertise to less developed countries and helping children who would otherwise not be able, to lead a normal life.
Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital
Great Ormond Street Hospital provides inspirational and world class care to hundreds of children every day, but they need to raise over £50 million every year to help keep the magic alive. This is a remarkable institution that needs to be supported and our WM Tom Marshall made it a priority during his year.
Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
All the money given to charity by Freemasons is raised directly from our members. We do not rattle tins or seek contributions from the public. We do not criticise any organisation for doing it in other ways.