The Freemasons of Gloucestershire have been raising funds over the last five years to create a huge pot of cash they can use to support good causes across the county. When members meet this Saturday, the total amount raised will be announced – and it is expected to be more than £1 million.
Individual members of the organisation raised the money themselves with help from family and friends.
Adrian Davies, the Provincial Grand Master for Gloucestershire, said: “Charitable giving has always been a cornerstone of Freemasonry, which is based on the principles of thoughtfulness for others, kindness, honesty, courtesy and fairness in all things.
“In addition to this, many Freemasons play an active role in the local community. “I am tremendously proud of the membership for their support to this appeal, a magnificent sum which will for future years benefit many of our local charities and worthy causes.”
Charities can find out more details about applying for grants from the fund by going to : www.gloucestershirecommunityfoundation.co.uk
Freemason groups are one of the largest charitable givers in the UK, with a combined average of around £30 million donated each year to both local and international good causes.
(source : http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Freemasons-donate-pound-1million-Gloucestershire/story-18208310-detail/story.html)