£20,000 Emergency Grant for UK Flood Relief
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Freemasons Grand Charity Press Release

20 February 2014

As flooding continues to affect many areas of England and Wales causing widespread damage and disruption to many communities, the President of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity, Richard Hone QC has today approved a £20,000 emergency grant for the British Red Cross in support of their UK flood relief efforts.

This emergency grant from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity is in addition to £30,000 previously donated to support relief and recovery efforts in the badly hit area of Somerset.  The Somerset Community Foundation received £28,500 and the Burnham-on-Sea Area Rescue Boat received £1,500.

Speaking about the donation, Richard Hone QC, President of the Grand Charity said: “As gale force winds, torrential rain, tidal surges and flooding continue to affect large areas of Britain, it is clear that people in the affected areas need urgent support. Freemasons care deeply about their local communities and we hope that this donation will assist many of the people whose lives have been devastated by this ongoing disaster.”

The British Red Cross have been providing a great deal of support in the affected areas by providing emergency shelters, food, first aid, advice and emotional support.

Simon Lewis, head of UK emergency planning and response, said: “Our teams of emergency response volunteers have been on a heightened state of alert to support any requests for help. The severe weather is set to continue so we will monitor the situation and are always ready to help when called upon.”

The Grand Charity is also working closely with Freemasons in the affected areas of England and Wales to establish the best way to offer further support. In parallel with support for wider relief efforts, the Freemasons’ Grand Charity will be assisting individual eligible Masons affected by events, and their dependants, through Masonic Relief Grants which are given to relieve hardship.

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.


About The Freemasons' Grand Charity:

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is a grant-making charity dedicated to supporting people in need, having donated more than £100 million since 1981. We provide grants that have totalled nearly £8 million each year in the areas of: medical research, support for vulnerable people, youth opportunities, hospice services, air ambulances and disaster relief; as well as providing assistance to Freemasons and their dependants in financial need.

The Charity is continuing a commitment to charitable support that began nearly 300 years ago in the earliest days of organised Freemasonry.  
Please visit: www.grandcharity.org

Other important links:

Visit the British Red Cross website for advice on preparing for flooding, what to do when flooding happens and what to do after flooding.

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