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Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole - both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. this work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also gives large sums of money to regional causes. Nationally, our efforts are channelled through four main charities organisations.
Each year The Freemasons' Grand Charity provides relief grants for hundreds of Freemasons and their dependants in financial need, as well as donating millions of pounds to national charities.
Since 1980 they have made grants t totalling over £100 million.
The Royal Masonic Trust for Boys and Girls is a charity funded by Freemasons which aims to relieve poverty and advance education for children and young people.
In addition to their main grant-making work, they also support young people with exceptional talents and those who need financial assistance in order to embrace life-changing opportunities.
They award grants to both national and local children's charities and provide support to their seperate but subsidary charity Lifelites
The RMBI has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. They operate 17 residential care homes across England and Wales offering high quality care.
The RMBI can also offer short-stay breaks, including respite care. These are helpful for both those living alone, and for families that need a little respite from the demands of caring for an older relative.
The Masonic Samaritan Fund is a charity funded by Freemasons and their families. They provide grants to eligible beneficiaries who have an identified health or care need and, faced with a long wait for treatment, care or support.
Dr T. J. Barnardo
This great philanthropist and founder and director of homes for poor children was born in Dublin.
From the foundation of the first Barnardo's home in 1870 to the date of Barnardo’s death, nearly 100,000 children had been rescued, trained and given a better life.
He was initiated into Shadwell Clerke Lodge No. 1910 at the Hotel Cecil in the Strand on 25th November 1889
Preparations are now beginning to celebrate the tercentenary of Grand Lodge in June 2017