Grand Charity donates £75,000 to flood relief
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Grand Charity donates £75,000 to flood relief in Lancashire and Yorkshire

The Grand Charity has donated a total of £75,000 to flood relief in Lancashire and Yorkshire, in the wake of devastation caused by storms over the festive season. The donations will give continued support to individuals and families suffering as a result of flooding, and follow on from a £30,000 grant last month to the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015 and the province of Cumberland and Westmorland.


With record levels of rainfall in parts of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire thousands of homes have been flooded, with whole communities left without power and essential supplies. The money will go towards helping those in financial difficulty, as well as supporting local projects and rebuilding efforts.

The severe flooding across the north of England continues to cause untold misery and serious problems for many individuals and families. The charity has been particularly shocked by the adverse conditions and circumstances people have faced and we want to do everything we can to help them rebuild their lives.

Chief Executive of the Freemasons' Grand Charity, Laura Chapman

Some of the worst affected areas have included Carlisle, Keswick, Kendal, Cockermouth, Appleby, Glenridding and St Michael's. The government has ordered a major review of flood prevention strategy.


The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is committed to supporting communities affected by severe weather, having previously donated to the Somerset Community Foundation and the British Red Cross in 2014. Any Province concerned about their local situation can contact Katrina Baker (details below) for further information.

Katrina Baker

Head of Non-Masonic Grants
Tel: 020 7395 9314

If individual Freemasons are affected by the recent events, an application for a Masonic Relief Grant can be made through their Provincial Grand Almoner. However, it should be remembered that the normal financial assessment will apply to such applications.

Photograph sourced from BBC News.


United Grand Lodge of England