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When London Freemason, Julian, was facing financial distress, he worried about how it would impact his family.

When London Freemason, Julian, was facing financial distress, he worried about how it would impact his family. In this video, Julian explains what the Foundation’s support has meant to him and his family. The help they received allowed them to stay together in their home and is helping his children, Jasmine and Michael, to follow their dreams.

Julian ran his own company, but during the height of the financial crisis he lost the business. He didn’t know where the next job or pay packet was going to come from and he feared that they would lose the house.

Jasmine and Michael are both keen performers, and Julian has always encouraged them to pursue their passion for the arts. But their financial situation meant that they would not be able to continue with their lessons.

He was encouraged to apply to the Foundation for help, “But I had a lot of pride and felt the business was always going to survive. Then I was given 28 days before the bank repossessed my house, and that was when I called the charity.”

The Elcock family received a grant to ease the financial distress they faced and a package of support for Jasmine and Michael including termly maintenance allowances and dancing and music lessons.

It stepped in straight away and I also got back into employment. Through that, Jasmine and Michael could continue to develop. I can’t think what would have happened without that. The charity has given my family a new lease of life

Every year, the Foundation helps hundreds of Masonic family’s who are facing a financial distress. As well as providing grants to meet the cost of household bills and other everyday expenses, our grants help by providing opportunities for young people.

To find out if you qualify for assistance from the Foundation, contact our enquiries team

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