£250,000 Grant for SSAFA
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The Freemasons’ Grand Charity


Press Release

10th June 2010


A new annual grant initiative has been announced at The Freemasons’ Grand Charity - £250,000 to a major national charity. ‘Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help’ is to receive the first grant. The money is to be divided and distributed to branches throughout the country, providing funding at a local level.

Over the past year The Grand Charity has received numerous requests from individual members asking us to donate to charities supporting the Armed Forces. The Council selected SSAFA Forces Help as the first recipient of a grant under the new initiative to support their excellent work in helping current and former members of the Armed Forces and their families.

The members approved the grant of £250,000 for SSAFA Forces Help at the Annual General Meeting of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity on June 9 2010.  The aim of this grant is to support local branches, allowing them to decide how they spend their money. We believe that the people on the ground know best where to direct these funds, which will assist hundreds of servicemen and women past and present, and their families. The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is dedicated to finding new ways of grant-making, in order to provide maximum benefit to people in need.

 Further information:

 For questions concerning this new grant or The Freemasons’ Grand Charity please contact Siobhan McCarthy on 020 7395 9385 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and/or Katrina Baker on 020 7395 9314 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Claire Hoather, Director of fundraising at SSAFA said, "We are over the moon with the funding. The level of support shown by the Grand Charity is so positive and generous. Rather than our central operations deciding where the money will be spent, each regional office will be allocated part of the funding, and they will decide how it can be used to serve the local area. With our Armed Forces involved in conflict at the moment, it is vital that we can support them and their families as much as possible. At the SSAFA, we focus on providing help wherever it is needed. Our regional managers will assess what services should to be provided to Armed Forces personnel, and ex-military servicemen. We will then use the money awarded by the Grand Charity to find a solution."

Ms Hoather added that services could include projects such as providing practical and emotional support, organising and funding home adaptations, or short stay accommodation for families visiting injured relatives.

Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons' Grand Charity said, "The immensely valuable work carried out by SSAFA Forces Help is widely supported within the Masonic community, and this latest grant is further evidence of our benevolent commitment in support of the armed services."

The Freemasons' Grand Charity is a grant-making organisation that supports groups in need of help. Since 1981 it has made grants of more than £80 million. For more information visit www.grandcharity.org

SSAFA is a national charity that supports those who serve in the Armed Forces, and those who used to serve. It provides health and social services, a confidential support line, and helps the families of those who serve. For more information visit www.ssafa.org.uk

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