Freemasonry Cares: Suffolk update
About Freemasonry Cares
Freemasonry Cares is a joint communications initiative of the central Masonic
Charities (The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys,
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and Masonic Samaritan Fund). It has been
developed to raise awareness about the financial, healthcare and family assistance
available to eligible Masons and their dependants and to make it easier to access the
support if they need it.
Freemasonry Cares: National
More than 40 Provincial Grand Lodges have launched or are planning to
launch this year.
Central enquiry service has now received more than 3,500 enquiries.
Currently, an average of 70-80 enquiries are received each week.
About three-quarters of cases are positively assisted in some way, which
includes directing the individual to their Lodge Almoner to initiate an
application, advising on eligibility criteria, providing literature about the
Charities and signposting to external sources of support.
Freemasonry Cares: Suffolk
Central service has received 48 Suffolk related enquiries since July 2011.
About 1.5% of enquiries to the central service are linked to Suffolk.
Hard to judge full impact at current time as can be a long process from initial
enquiry to final award of any grant and many other factors affect number and
value of grants awarded.
Table 1: Value of Grants awarded by central Masonic Charities to individuals in
Value of grants (number of beneficiaries)
Charity 2010 2011
Grand Charity £89,245 (30) £61,560 (26)
Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and £77,353 (18) £80,852 (25)
Masonic Samaritan Fund £48,822 (14) £14,344 (7)
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution £100,614 (14) £80,545 (10)
Total £316,034 £237,301
Contact Freemasonry Cares on 0800 035 60 90 or firstname.lastname@example.org or