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Freemasons donate £60k to local charities

Freemasons donate £60k to local charities

Sunday 15 December 2019

Freemasons donate £60k to local charities


Charities supporting homeless men and islanders with terminal conditions are among the five to receive £12,000 each following a £60,000 donation from Jersey's Freemasons.

The Sanctuary Trust, Jersey Hospice Care, the Jersey Friends of Anthony Nolan, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Jersey and the Masonic Charitable Foundation received their funds at the end of November following the Provincial Grand Lodge's Annual Charity Appeal.

Debbie Jeffries, Fundraiser at the Sanctuary Trust which supports homeless men in the community, said the significant donation represented 10% of the charity's annual funding deficit.

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Pictured: The Sanctuary Trust supports homeless men in the community.

"We will use the funding for general running costs of the charity/and/or special projects such as our outreach service, which continues to provide support to men after they have left the accommodation provided by the Trust," she explained.

"It exists to provide not only support but also knowledge that the men have simply not been left to survive without help or a friendly face. We would not be able to provide a service like this without the generous donations we receive from charitable organisations like the Freemasons."

Jersey Hospice 

Pictured: Jersey Hospice Care is one of five charities to have received £12,000. 

Jersey Hospice's Chief Executive, Emelita Robbins, said the team value their relationship with the Jersey Freemasons, who have supported them for many years.

"Their generosity is very much appreciated by the charity and the many families we support," she added. "This gift will be used to fund the services we offer to those living with dying, providing support and specialist care at a time when life is most challenging.”

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Pictured: Kenneth Rondel, the Provincial Grand Master for the Jersey Freemasons.

Jersey Masons collect charitable donations every year from its members, through charity lunches, sporting activities and raffles all of which are organised by the members of the various Lodges in the Province as well as the Provincial Grand Lodge itself.

Kenneth Rondel, the Provincial Grand Master for the Jersey Freemasons, commented: “I am so pleased that my members have risen to the challenge and raised this serious amount of money (£60,000) for local charities, which do so much to help our community. This is another example of just how much Freemasons believe in trying to help those less fortunate or those in need of assistance. Freemasons’ basic principle is to support charity.”

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