£25,000 Emergency Relief Grant for Flood Victims in Somerset
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£25,000 Emergency Relief Grant for Flood Victims in Somerset

Grand Charity News Release - 17 February 2014

Following the widespread UK flooding, the Freemasons’ Grand Charity has reached out to the affected Provinces offering support. In response to an appeal from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Somerset, the President of the Freemasons' Grand Charity has authorised an emergency grant of £25,000 to be donated to the Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), to support relief efforts in the badly affected communities of the Somerset Levels. This is in addition to £5,000 that was donated at the start of the crisis, bringing the total support for the flooded Somerset communities to £30,000.

Since the flooding began at the end of December 2013, the situation has considerably worsened with rainfall twice the January average in addition to the initial East Coast storm surge. Thousands of acres of land have been underwater for more than a month, and this has badly affected many households, farms and small businesses, with numerous village and hamlet communities having been cut-off by road for weeks.

The donation from the Grand Charity is made in conjunction with a donation from the Province of Somerset and will form the base of the Somerset Masonic Flood Recovery Fund (to be administered by the SCF). This will support the longer term reconstruction and recovery of the area once the immediate relief efforts have ended. The Provincial Grand Master, Stuart Hadler, has set a target of £50,000 for the Masonic Flood Recovery Fund and anticipates that donations will be made to it by local Lodges, the Royal Arch Chapters and the Mark Masons of Somerset.

Speaking about the donation, the Freemasons’ Grand Charity Chief Executive, Laura Chapman said: “While much of England and Wales has been badly affected by the ongoing and worsening adverse weather, communities in the Somerset Levels have had to endure tremendous hardship for weeks. Freemasons are greatly concerned about the welfare of local people, and are always keen to offer support where it is most needed. We hope that this donation will help to relieve some of the distress that has been caused.”

For further information contact Alex Hutson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 020 7395 9385.

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