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Author: Freya Wallace

UEA receives £100,000 to fund COVID-19 testing machine

A machine that can test 2,000 patient samples a day for COVID-19 antibodies will be installed at the University of East Anglia (UEA), thanks to a grant of £100,000 from the Freemasons. The machine, a DYNEX Agility Unit, analyses blood samples for antibodies to see if a person has had the virus and may have…

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Meet the team

Emily – Charity Grants Manager Emily is one of the MCF’s charity grants managers, managing a group within the Charity Grants team who consider applications from other organisations which apply for to the MCF for support. Emily ran us through a day in her life now she’s working from home, and described how the team…

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RMBI Care Co. is open for admissions

RMBI Care Co. has been proactive in its response to the Covid-19 crisis and Homes are now in recovery. In addition to Homes continuing to be open to new resident admissions, from 21 June controlled family visits will start to be introduced. . RMBI Care Co. retains strong protocols to maintain the safety and wellbeing…

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India and Bangladesh cyclone victims receive £15,000 grant

Thousands of people in Bangladesh and India whose lives have been devastated by Cyclone Amphan will be provided with urgently-needed humanitarian assistance, thanks to our £15,000 grant on behalf of Freemasons in England and Wales. Since the cyclone hit in late May, more than 100 people have died despite a mass evacuation in advance. Tens…

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Derbyshire Freemasons provide Square Meals for vulnerable people

Hundreds of isolated and vulnerable local people are having “Square Meals” prepared in Masonic Halls and delivered by local Freemasons, as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme has become extremely popular, with several thousand meals being delivered so far from a varied menu. Costs are being subsidised by a £6000 grant…

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Mind gets £250,000 boost from Freemasons during COVID-19 crisis

Mental health support services in England and Wales are to receive a significant boost thanks to a generous £250,000 grant from Freemasons’ charity, in support of mental health charity Mind and its emergency appeal. Donations to support Mind and local Mind services now matter more than ever, particularly because the current situation is affecting the…

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Wiltshire Freemasons partner with local school

Essential face visors are being distributed to care homes across the county and beyond, thanks to a grant of £10,000 from Wiltshire Freemasons to St Joseph’s Roman Catholic School in Laverstock, Salisbury. St Joseph’s has forged links with other local schools to make over 2,000 re-useable face visors every day.  Wiltshire Freemasons are working with…

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A message of support from the Pro Grand Master

Brethren, for some years now, as part of our campaign to make Freemasonry more open and understandable for the general public, we have been stressing that we must be able to show its relevance in modern society. This argument has largely been based on the way we are expected to behave morally, our voluntary contribution…

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Help for thousands of older people through the COVID-19 crisis

Thousands of older people who have been badly affected by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, will be given help and support, thanks to a £250,000 donation to Age UK’s ‘Emergency Coronavirus Appeal’ from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons’ charity. Older people are amongst those most at risk if they contract COVID-19, and while the…

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