Local charity, School for Parents, is to get a £15,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote.
The charity based in Sneinton was one of six to be nominated by Freemasons in Nottinghamshire, with local people voting to decide the level of their Award. They were part of 178,801 individuals who voted across England and Wales.
The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th-anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.
Nathalie Bailey-Flitter, Manager at School for Parents, said:
“We are very grateful to all of our friends who took the trouble to support us. We plan to use this money to fund our core service, helping babies and preschool children with a range of disabilities to be the best they can be and helping their parents and families too. Children with disabilities need extra support to learn life-skills that come more naturally to others. These include communicating, eating, drinking, problem-solving and playing, not just literacy and numeracy. We help them find a solution that works for them.”
The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all its funding from Freemasons, their families, and friends. It is estimated that 50% of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33M goes to the charities that help people in communities across the country.
Barry Woodhead from Nottinghamshire Freemasons said:
“We are delighted that so many people voted in Nottinghamshire. School for Parents was one of six charities nominated by local Freemasons, and I know they will use their £15,000 grant to continue with their outstanding work.”
About the Masonic Charitable Foundation
The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also contributes to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Masonic families with a financial, health or family need. Visit www.mcf.org.uk
For further information about the Masonic Charitable Foundation, please contact Guy Roberts, Press Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 3146 3311)
About the United Grand Lodge of England
The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (plus some Districts and groups overseas), formed in 1717 and has a membership of over 200,000.
UGLE will celebrate its official 300th anniversary on 24 June 2017, marking the date that four London Lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard and declared themselves the world’s first Grand Lodge.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations, and its symbolic origin lies in stonemasonry.
Visit www.ugle.org.uk for further information.
Freemasonry has recently been the subject of a major documentary by Sky TV, Inside the Freemasons. A clip can be viewed here.