Surrey Masons raise £300,000 in three years
Charities including St Christopher’s Hospice, The Children’s Trust and Epilepsy Research UK have benefited from a £17,000 donation from a branch of the Freemasons.
Surrey Masons met at the Croydon & District Masonic Lodge, Oakfield Road, on Saturday to hand over the money, the latest in the Surrey for Surrey scheme which has collected about £300,000 in the past three years.
Donations have come from some of the 450 Masonic Lodges and Chapters in Surrey to a central fund, with each Lodge designating to which charity they wish their donation to be presented.
Colin Palmer, from the provincial charity committee, said: “Many will be unaware that the Masons are the biggest donors to charity, after the lottery. This occasion represents donations by over 30 Lodges and Chapters who wanted to pool their resources to make a significant impact on each organisation.”
Also benefiting were The Forces Children’s Trust, DEBRA, Lifelites, MERU, Shooting Star Chase and the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.