I know I keep on saying it, but the generosity of Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners in the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight continues to astound me and seems to know no bounds.
As you are probably aware our major target for your charity donations is the Mark Benevolent Fund. Each year a Mark Province hosts a Mark Benevolent Fund Festival and raises as much money as possible in the years leading up to it. No targets are set but many hundreds of thousands of pounds are gained by various fund raising ventures.
In 2026 it will be the turn of our Province to host the Mark Benevolent Fund Festival and fund raising activities are underway already.
One of the key ways that we can build our Festival total is by individual Brethren taking out Regular Giving covenants. This is a very efficient way to raise great sums of money because it benefits in two ways:
- Your donations go straight towards the 2026 Festival totals.
- Your donations count towards your own personal MBF honourifics.
How it works:
You complete the two part form (which you can download here) with the amount you want to donate on a monthly/quarterly/half yearly or annual basis. Send the first page to the Mark Benevolent Fund and the second to your Bank.
Very importantly: If you are a UK Tax Payer make sure you complete the gift aid section because it will add 25% to your donation. So that means a £10.00 donation becomes £12.50 towards the Festival total and your personal honourifics.
A reminder of personal honourific awards:
- A total donation of £250 qualifies you as a Vice-Patron (£200 if you gift aid it!)
- A further donation of £250 qualifies you as a Patron (£200 if you gift aid it)
- A further donation of £500 qualifies you as a Grand Patron (£400 if you gift aid it)
- And so on………………..
To those of you who have already taken out Regular Giving covenants – my sincere thanks. To those who are going to - many thanks in anticipation and to those thinking about it – please don’t delay.
Provincial Grand Charity Steward
Download the regular giving form here: