We are all aware of the current economic climate and now more than ever charities are in need. To that end here in the North East, this charitable heart in full operation from the very young of 21 year old up to the retired, from apprentices and students to the pensioners, from Northumberland Freemasons covering all ages and walks of life, from Berwick to Byker and from Wallsend to Wylam. Throughout the Province of Northumberland, the regular hard working Geordie who feels the pinch just as much as anyone else, yet still manages to dig deep for many worthy causes.
For the many international, national and regional charities, Freemasons continue to give. Since 2011 Northumberland Freemasons with the support from many brethren from surrounding Provinces, have supported Byker Masonic Hall's two chosen charities initiative (2CC). In 2011 after a year-long campaign of events raised a total of £4,111.70 for the Bubble Foundation based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and the national charity Help for Heroes. (Bubble Foundation received £2,422.50 and £1,689.20 for Help for Heroes). Picture below shows Mick Bell & Cliff Dey of Tyne Lodge presenting the cheque to the Bubble Foundation.
In 2012 social evenings held within the Masonic Hall, the Northumberland Masonic Rugby Club (NMRC) held their very first inter province match between Northumberland and Durham Masons, a sponsored run by Mick Bell competing in the Great North Run, grant applications successfully received from the Province of Northumberland, as well as talks given in Masonic meetings by the two respective chosen charities, namely The Evening Chronicle's Sunshine Fund and The Teenage Cancer Trust based at the RVI Newcastle, raised a combined total of £10,478.10. (£3,849.05 for Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund and The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) received £6,629.05). Picture below shows Carroll Pattison from the Sunshine Fund and two representatives from the TCT receiving their cheques at the Christmas Ball.
Similar events and activities continued in 2013 for Metro Radio's Cash for Kids and DEBRA. Our first Family Variety Show at the Tyne Theatre with all acts (both Masonic and non Masonic) was on the road. With the year-long campaign raised a combined magnificent total of £4,247.64. (Cash for Kids received £2,557.64 and £1,690.00 for DEBRA). Picture below shows Mick Parker of Commercial Travellers' Lodge presenting the cheque to Metro Radio DJ (as well as the host for the Variety Show), Brian Moore.
Having listened to both the 2011 and 2012 very informative talks by the Charities and having been given a tour around the Bubble Ward, we were absolutely delighted to see a young lady received her new wheel chair from the Sunshine Fund making such a difference to her quality of life. See her picture below with Newcastle United star Papa Cisse.
Likewise our visits to the Percy Hedley Foundation School in Forest Hall and the Sports Academy in Killingworth, not only make you appreciate these wonderful organisations but assure you that the monies raised are going to worthy causes. Following on from the success of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 campaigns, we are pleased to confirm and announce that this year’s chosen charities will be The Percy Hedley Foundation and Bright Red based at the Freeman Hospital.
Similar events and activities are being planned throughout 2014 such as the NMRC Rugby Fun-Day, Family Variety Show at the Tyne Theatre, the annual Charity talk as well as other social events, Mick Bell doing another Great North Run and the annual Charity Christmas Ball at the end of the year with the popular black tie finale to see the overall total cheques being presented. All of which we hope to keep you updated on and hope for the same wonderful support as the last three years.