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Read more about how we use the generous donations of Freemasons to help Masonic families and registered charities

Alex and Helen

Alex was born with cerebral palsy. I always wanted him to do a sport, because it’s such an important part of school life and growing up. He started going to swimming lessons when he was five and he was talent-spotted at the age of seven. Since then he’s competed at British international competitions and he’s aiming to qualify for the Paralympics in 2020 or 2024.

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It was through my work as a nurse and midwife that I became interested in better care for the elderly. After getting married and having children, we moved around a lot but eventually we settled in Surrey. I spotted an advert for a job: ‘Manager wanted to open a new home for the RMBI’.

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I joined the Army straight from school and served for 34 years until 2005. The charity sector seemed a natural choice for a second career as I’d got a lot out of charities as a child.

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I’ve worked in the voluntary sector for about 20 years now. I was inspired because I wanted to make a difference – it’s great to get up in the morning and do a job that will make a really positive difference to people’s lives.

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The home is such a lovely place, it’s like a family and everyone is really warm and kind. We work together as a team to make sure the residents have a good day, every day. Recently, we had lots of different animals come in, and they loved it. There were ladies who are 99 years old, holding tarantulas and all sorts!

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Working in both the enquiries and grants teams at the MCF, you never know what the next day will bring, which is something I really enjoy. Honestly, a lot of the people I talk to are in serious distress, so being able to stay as someone’s grants officer all the way through the process and make sure that they can get on with their day-to-day lives, or access things like benefits that aren’t even awarded through the MCF, is a real privilege to me.

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I joined freemasonry in 1994 and soon became involved with masonic charity. I realised that the charity sector was where I wanted to work, but because I was running the family business I had to stick to volunteering. Eventually I decided I needed a change – and that’s how I ended up with my dream job at the MCF.

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When my daughter became ill four years ago, we took in our two young grandchildren, Adam and Amymae. Of course we were very happy to have them live with us, but we didn’t realise just how much it would increase our outgoings.

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We provide support to Freemasons, their families and the wider community

Facts about our work last year...



grants were awarded to Masonic families

£15 M


helped to support Masonic families

£4.7 M


was awarded to 414 charities