Members of Surrey Freemasons, their partners and representatives of various charities made up an audience of over 100 recently gathered at the Croydon Masonic Centre to join with the head of the Order Ian Chandler as he made presentations to fifteen local charities.
Over £100,000 was donated to local charities. From donations by the members in Surrey, and also some substantial grants from The Masonic Charitable Foundation specifically for the benefit of various Surrey Charities.
Spokesman for the Surrey Provincial Charity Committee, Nick Parsons, said: “This is the thirteenth such presentation event organised by the Surrey for Surrey Scheme, which pools together donations from members of different Freemasons Lodges and Chapters across Surrey, in an effort to make a significant impact for each charity.
With over 120 lodges and chapters represented at this presentation. All this money has been raised by the members and their families.” Since the start of this scheme a sum over £1 million has been donated to 130 various charities.
Local charities present on this occasion were:
- The Woking & Sam Beare Hospices
- Shooting Star Chase
- Princess Alice Hospice
- Brooklands School
- Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance
- MacMillan Cancer Support
- Diamond Riding Centre
- The Prostate Project
- The Royal Marsden Hospital
- Music in Hospitals
- Age UK Merton
- Cruse Bereavement
- Home-Start Sutton
All of whom spoke eloquently when giving details of their wonderful work.