HRH The Duke of Kent; David Staples; Peter Lowndes, Pro Grand Master; and HRH The Earl of Wessex
The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has celebrated the donation of £300,000 by the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) during an event at Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden.
HRH The Duke of Kent and HRH The Earl of Wessex
More than 30,000 young people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEND) will be able to do their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, thanks to a three-year strategic partnership, which will donate a total of £300,000 from the Freemasons.
The MCF became a strategic partner of the DofE in 2021 and has funded a new national programme to upskill its team and volunteers. The programme also helps enroll more schools and clubs which support young people with SEND, to ensure all young people have access to the DofE.
HRH The Earl of Wessex
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip), who founded the DofE in 1956, was himself a Freemason and was initiated into Navy Lodge, No 2612 on 5 December 1952.
The ambition is to use the funds to increase the number of centres, such as schools and youth groups, offering DofE to young people with SEND and to train hundreds of Leaders who can support groups of young people through their DofE journeys.