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A significant grant was made by the MBF Worthy Causes Committee to the Bloodrun EVS Charity. This grant, although small, has already generated a huge amount of interest in the north of England.
Yesterday, the Mark Benevolent Fund made a grant of £13,400 to the Bloodrun EVS charity, serving Cleveland and North Yorkshire, to fund a fully equipped blood bike.
This grant is particularly poignant. Those of you from the North East will recall a bike rider called Martin Dixon, from Billingham in Cleveland, who was a volunteer for the Bloodrun EVS charity. Sadly Martin died in a road traffic accident in Hartlepool during a tour of duty back in November. His son, Martin Dixon Jnr, submitted an application to the Mark Benevolent Fund for help with funding for a new Blood Bike. The Trustees of the Mark Benevolent Fund consequently made the award and Martin Dixon Jnr was lost for words. He said, "It is good to know that such a small amount can make such a great difference to so many people".
You can find out more about the charity here: www.bloodrun.co.uk/about-us
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The Leicestershire and Rutland Province will field a team of 6 led by the Provincial Grand Master Stephen Davison RAMGR.
Brethren taking part are: Terry Weston ProvGReg - Don Peacock ProvGSec - Peter Gibson-Leitch ProvDGSec - Simon Castleman ProvDGDC and John Goodacre PProvGJW
The Mark Charity Walk follows the route of 'The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk'. The walk takes participants through four of the most beautiful parks in the world:
St James's Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Starting and finishing at Mark Masons’ Hall, 86 St. James’ Street, each participant completing the course would have travelled a seven-mile-long walk, charted by 90 plaques set in the ground; they will pass within sight of many famous buildings and locations associated with the Princess during her life.
During the walk, participants will see three palaces and two mansions all of which figured in the life of the Princess, these are:
Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St James's Palace and Spencer House (one-time London house of the Spencer family).
The plaques used to chart this route are the work of sculptor Alec Peever. Each plaque has a rose emblem at its centre, they are etched in aluminium, which appears like a precious metal. The rose is heraldic in design, and while symbolising the Princess's enduring image, also symbolises Britain's traditions and heritage. The plaques are immediately recognisable at any point, and clearly direct participants along the route.
The walk is one of two memorial projects officially opened on 30 June 2000, the day before the Princess's 39th birthday; the other is the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. Together they celebrate the Princess's affection for the open spaces around her home in Kensington Palace, and her love of children.
This latest video (below) highlights some of the life-changing support provided to Masonic families and charities such as Whizz-Kidz and Anthony Nolan.
With the help of their supporters, they have achieved a great deal over the past nine months.
By bringing together the work of four national charities, the MCF have become one of the largest grant-making organisations in the country, with a clear aim to build better lives for Freemasons, for families, for everyone.
Since the launch in April 2016, the MCF have supported thousands of Freemasons and their family members and have awarded grants to a wide range of causes in communities across England and Wales.
As it continues to grow, the MCF hopes to expand the support available to Freemasons, their families and the wider community.
Thanks to the generosity of the Metropolitan Grand Lodge and other supporters, a second Air Ambulance has been launched in London.
Your Essential Guide tells you all about the work of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Opening with a statement from the Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, the Guide introduces the Foundation to the Craft.
The Guide outlines the help available to Freemasons and their families, from our financial and health grants to the family support and services we provide. It also explains who is eligible for support and how to make an application.
Further information about the grants we provide to charities and medical research on behalf of Freemasonry is also included.
Your Essential Guide explains how you can support the Foundation and provides more information about donations, fundraising and Festival appeals.
Masonic Charitable Foundation - for Freemasons, for families, for everyone.
Click HERE to download 'Your New Masonic Charity Essential Guide' now.
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