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Christmas Arrives Early At Beamish


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A cold but sunny winters morning on Monday 9th December saw the Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur accompanied by the Provincial Charity Steward, Andrew Thompson arrive at Beamish Museum to meet up with representatives of local Hospices to present them with grants awarded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).


Arriving in the Old Town by tram they all made their way to the magnificent boardroom above Barclays Bank where the Assistant Director of Beamish, Sally Dixon gave a talk outlining the progress made by the Museum over the years and their development plans for the future.


John and Andrew then introduced themselves explaining the involvement of local Freemasons in fundraising for the help of their communities with particular reference to the Hospice movement which they have supported for many years.


A brief outline of each Hospice by their representative gave everyone in attendance an insight into the way in which much needed funding was used to benefit their particular unit at the conclusion of which they were presented with their respective cheques.


The grants awarded were as follows:-


Alice House Hospice £1,985

Butterwick Hospice £1,050

Butterwick Hospice – Bishop Auckland £1,000

Butterwick House Hospice for Babies, Children & Young Adults £740

St Benedict’s Hospice £1,500

St Cuthbert’s Hospice £1,600

St Teresa’s Hospice £1,550

Willow Burn Hospice £820


A further grant from the MCF, totalling £60,000.00 spread over 3 years was awarded to Place2Be , a national charity providing in-school emotional support to children and young people. Founded in 1994, it has grown from supporting a handful of schools to working with over 600 schools nationwide.


Congratulations to all.


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