Charity is one of the fundamental principles of Freemasonry.
For charity in Britain, Freemasonry is second only to the Lottery in giving. The bodies that English Freemasonry supports include The Royal College of Surgeons, Mental Handicap, Research into Ageing, Drug Abuse, Hospices, and other general charities both small and large. To date, Freemasons have donated £2.4 million to Air Ambulance Services in the UK.
We put money aside to ensure we can assist Masons in distress, their widows and children. Also for emergency aid to places in the world hit by disaster. Nationally, this is administered by The Masonic Charitable Fountation.
Locally the Lodge supports local non-Masonic Charities. It also takes care to look after the Widows of departed Brethren and Brethren in distress. Recently,we have supported the South Wales Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wales Air Ambulance and other local causes details of which can be found by following this link
We also donate money to TLC (Teddies for Loving Care). The simple objective is for Freemasons to provide teddy bears and soft toys to Accident and Emergency units.
This is so that the medical staff may give them to children admitted who are in severe distress and where the staff feel that a teddy or soft toy to cuddle will help alleviate that stress and assist them in their work.
In St Elli Lodge, we collect money at dinner after Lodge meetings and encourage Brethren to contribute by Regular Payment Plans and other direct means.
Each year, different Masonic Provinces around the U.K. host a Festival to raise funds for Grand Charity and 2015 was the turn of the West Wales Province. St.Elli Lodge met its obligation to the 2015 Grand Charity Festival and the Province raised £1,079,614.28 for the Masonic Grand Charity.