In these worrying times it's not easy to have charitable giving at the forefront of your minds. Nevertheless the phenomenal work of the of the Mark Benevolent Fund goes on regardless. Of course there is much more focus at present on helping needy Mark and RAM Brethren and their families.
In the absence of Masonic meetings and gatherings the opportunity to make your donations to charity has diminished. In light of this I would ask Brethren to consider becoming either Regular Givers to the MBF (if you're not one already!) or to make your donations by single payments. Both types of giving will, of course, count towards your personal patronage honorifics as well as the 2026 MBF Festival this Province will host. But most importantly if the Corona Virus is having an adverse effect on your finances please, please, please ignore this request!
Both Regular Giving and Single Donation forms are available, see the links below. If you're not sure of your MMH number don't hesitate to contact me by 'phone or e-mail and I'll let you know it straight away.
My sincere thanks to you all for your continued commitment
Provincial Charity Steward
News about our latest charitable works
Grateful thanks from The Rosemary Foundation
Following a recent donation from the Province, we were delighted to receive this letter:
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Mark Masons help hospices at this trying time
£1,000.00 has been donated to each of the nine Hospices in Hampshire and Isle of Wight for the express purpose of buying Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
The Hospices to benefit are:
Donation to the Stroke Ward of Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
In October 2019, our Provincial Almoner, W.Bro. Malcolm Lloyd was contacted by W.Bro. Nigel Boorn, the Almoner of Stradbroke Lodge of Mark Master Masons, No. 874, regarding the possibility of securing some equipment for the stroke Ward of Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. They wished to express their thanks on behalf of Bro. Roger Gibbs, who had been a patient the Hospital after suffering a stroke. Enquiries were made of the Occupational Therapy Team at F Ward, the stroke Ward, to find out exactly they would require.
Charity presentation to 'Jane Scarth House'
Jane Scarth House is the home of Romsey Cancer Support Centre. It offers practical and emotional suppprt to cancer sufferers, their family and friends.
£1000 to support the local community
Hartley Wintney Women’s Institute meet in a First World War ex-army hut which was originally sited on Salisbury Plain.
£3000 presentation to SERV Wessex Blood Runners
On Friday 22nd June 2018 the Provincial Grand Wardens from 2014/15, Paul Skelton and Malcolm Stevens, presented a cheque for £3,000.00 to SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers) Blood Runners at the Fareham Masonic Centre. The money was donated by the Provincial Officers of the year to the “Wardens’ Swindle” during Paul and Malcolm’s year of office.