At Lodge Level
The brethren of Marquis of Granby Lodge make regular contributions to Masonic Charities at National and Provincial levels as well as directly supporting local charitable organisations and good causes that our brethren bring to the attention of the Lodge.
As well as other charitable giving, Marquis of Granby Lodge reached our target of £18,576 for the Durham 2021 Charity Festival in October 2018.
At Regional Level
Charity – one of the three fundamental principles of Freemasonry is administered in our Province by the Durham Masonic Benevolent Fund, registered charity number 279313.
The Provincial Benevolent Committee consists of an elected member from every Lodge in the Province.
Minutes of our quarterly meetings and many other forms and reports of our activity are available for examination on the Provincial Lodge of Durham website.
Teddies for Loving Care
The TLC Appeal has a simple objective, to raise funds to provide teddy bears to hospital A&E units and Children's Hospices for medical staff
to give, at their discretion, to children who are in distress, where the staff feel that a teddy to cuddle will alleviate that distress and assist them in their urgent work.
More than 120,000 Bears have been distributed to A&E Units and Children's Hospices in the Province of Durham.
The Challenge took place over the Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday 26th May 2018 to raise funds for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.
Three members of Marquis of Granby Lodge took part in what was a huge challenge, climbing the three great peaks of England, Scotland and Wales in just 24 hours.
They were Kenny Beal, Craig Baker and Jason Heels. Each one paid his own transport costs as well as one night's accommodation.
Their combined efforts have raised more than £5000 so far.
It's not too late to support them! Please click on the photos to offer your support to Craig, Jason or Kenny (or all three!) in what was a gutsy fund raising challenge.
At National Level
The Masonic Charitable Foundation
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal organisations and comprises a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values.
For many years Freemasons have followed three guiding principles, which they believe represent a way to achieve higher standards in life:
Brotherly Love: The qualities of kindness, understanding, tolerance and respect for the opinions of others
Relief: Charitable giving and activities to assist the welfare of Freemasons and the community as a whole
Truth: Aiming for a high moral standard
The Masonic principle of relief was reflected in the establishment of a Committee of Charity by the United Grand Lodge of England in the early 18th Century.
During the years that followed, other charities including schools, a hospital and an ‘Asylum for Aged and Decayed Freemason’ were established.
Freemasons also gave generously to many community-based charities as they still do today.
The legacy of these charities and the principle of Relief underpin the work of the Masonic Charitable Foundation today.