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PRINCE OF WALES BENEVOLENT FUND

The Brethren of the Prince of Wales Lodge, led by each Worshipful Master in office have supported charities and good causes, by making donations to the relevant bodies through the Lodge Benevolent Fund. For the recipients to benefit from support they do have to be registered with the Charity Commission.

In the past two years, in particular, and right through the period when Covid was prevalent we have sought to help a wide range of good causes, and tried as
much as possible to do so in our local community. In particular we have given £2500 to the North Cotswold Food Bank. Kate’s Home Carers had received £2500 they have helped several of our members with home nursing. One of our favourite recipients is The Little Princess Trust who make wigs for Children with Cancer, we have supported them with £1,650. We have also supported the Midland Air Ambulance Charity with a donation of £2000.

Below: The brilliant Malcolm Wearing and partner Rachel Adams completed the epic 1100+ mile route from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just 15 days.

They raised over £10,000 shared between the Cheltenham-based charity P3 and the Prince of Wales Lodge Benevolent Fund which benefits many good causes in and around Stow-on-the-Wold.

 

We always ask our members if they have suggestions of organisations that we could help which means that the charities we support are diverse, as shown
above. With various amounts of funding we have also supported the Cleft Lip and Palate Association, Kidney Research, Cotswold Downs Syndrome Group,
Headspace for young people, Blockley Educational Trust and Cotswold Friends re Men in Sheds. As can be seen, we cover as many and various organisations as we are able.

In addition to the above, earlier this year we supported the Masonic Charities Ukrainian appeal with a donation of £1,000. In addition to all of this we are very proud to have supported an appeal from our Provincial Grand Office of Gloucestershire Freemasons.

The ideal is that we will purchase and donate Scanners for use in local hospitals, Gloucester Royal, Cheltenham Gnereal and Southmead. Each Freemason in the County has been asked to make a personal donation of £5 per month over a two year period, a total of £120. This money will be used to purchase scanner for use in the above mentioned hospitals. The brethren have responded to this very well and to support this the Prince of Wales Lodge donated an immediate sum of £5,000. An excellent and very worthwhile cause supported with a contribution from our funds.

We continue to seek out good causes to support and are always pleased to receive enquiries from those organisations who are seeking help.

Alan Bridgen-Page,
Charity Steward,
Prince of Wales Lodge No.951,
Church Street, Stow-on-the-Wold.