Charity

Charity

Charity is one of the central themes of English Freemasonry.

Many charities are supported which include The Royal College of Surgeons, Mental Handicap, Research into Ageing, Drug Abuse, Hospices, and general charities both small and large. We also put money aside to ensure that we can assist Masons in distress, their widows and their children. It also gives emergency aid to places in the world hit by disaster.
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Ingrebourne Lodge is a Grand Patron of the Essex Provincial Charity Fund, the Chelmsford Cathedral Appeal and of the Essex Festival 2011 Appeal in aid of the Grand Charity and the Royal Masonic Benevolent Association which looks after the Aged and Sick and runs homes for Masons and non-Masons throughout the country. The Lodge holds the Gold Award for Essex Festival 2000.
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As an individual Lodge we support local and national non Masonic charities which include the following: Essex Air Ambulance, Little Havens Hospice, St. Francis Hospice (Including the special appeal for the replacement of the recently damaged roof), Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, the Yvonne Jean Stewart Charitable Trust, St. Johns Ambulance and the RNIB.

We also look after the widows of departed Brethren and Brethren in distress.
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We have a collection for charity  during our meetings and normally hold a raffle during the meal at the festive board where the proceeds may be donated towards a Christmas gift to the widows of our former members or towards one of the local charities mentioned above. In 2013 fourteen widows each received a gift voucher for £25. Many of the prizes are donated by Members.

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