Christmas Arrives Early At Beamish
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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TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”