Our Mentor, W.Bro Richard Heywood, picked one of the very few wet occasions this summer to present the magnificent sum of £440 at the National Memorial Arboretum this week.
The infamous pickled onions, he lovingly prepared, distributed, raffled and has sold by for many years, in 2021 raised the magnificent sum of £440, match funded by the Province.
Repton is the cradle of Christianity in the Midlands. Christians have worshipped on this site since 653 AD, when Elfleda, the bride of Peada, son of King Penda of Mercia, introduced Christianity to his father's kingdom at Repton. Our founding Worshipful Master – George Muggliston – is buried here and our brethren annually lay a wreath at his grave. We have donated a sum of money to assist with grounds maintenance as the church has lost grants due to cutbacks.
Support Dogs is a national charity dedicated to increasing independence and quality of life for people with various medical conditions. They provide, train and support specialist assistance dogs to achieve this.
"These youngsters have been bought up in care and now have to fend for themselves in bedsits or in sheltered accommodation. Through no fault of their own, these amazing 16 and 17 years olds find themselves deemed by the system, able to care for themselves! A hugely daunting prospect for anyone let alone a 16 or 17 year old with very little in the way of family or friend support. The impact of this hardship on their mental health is reflected in their struggles with isolation and loneliness." Derbyshire Masons run a Xmas meal for the group even year, providing a card, gift, a meal and company.
Derbyshire Blood Bikes is part of a national network of blood bike groups covering most of the UK and Ireland. Most groups are part of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, and Derbyshire is proud to be a part of that Association. All groups are independent charity organisations, raising their own funds and agreeing to working arrangements with local NHS Trusts. In that respect, all blood bike groups are distinct in size and scale of operations. During the Pandemic, this group ran samples and tests across the Province. Several of their group are also Masons.
As the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, they provide vital care and support to families impacted by life-limiting conditions. They provide end of life care, symptom management, short breaks and respite care. They are also there to support parents and siblings through their bereavements. WM Chris Hill has been supporting the charity for many years.
The Royal Sussex Lodge No 353 are keen to assist the local community with small grants. Any charity or worthy cause will be considered.