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While I was studying at university, I discovered that the thing that inspired me most, even more than my studies, was volunteering.

 

I spent a year as a Community Service Volunteer with Wandsworth social services, helping children, people with mental health problems and older people with dementia.

 

One day I saw an advert for Age Concern Oxford. I looked at it and thought, that’s exactly who I want to work with. My first proper paid job was with Age Concern Westminster so I’ve been working on and off for Age Concern or Age UK for nearly 30 years now.

 

My grandfather was a freemason and what I knew about his masonic work was that he was very much involved in helping other members of the community. When we came to talk about our new partnership with freemasonry,  it seemed really interesting and a natural fit. Through the MCF, freemasons have provided £1 million in funding for a three year programme which will help thousands of older people in 13 areas across England and Wales and, we hope, create a lasting legacy where freemasons are encouraged and empowered to keep on supporting older people.

Steph, Chief Executive of Age UK

Our Impact

Dilhani

I’m originally from Sri Lanka and before moving over here I worked as an accountant. I joined the Relief Chest 17 years ago, initially managing the donations, but over the years I got back into the accounting side of things. I now do all the accounts for the scheme which I enjoy because I like…

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Terry

I’ve been a freemason for many years but had to retire some years ago because of my mobility. Following an operation to replace my knees, I contracted sepsis and I ended up having four emergency operations. The sepsis damaged my heart and I nearly died twice.   I’ve been left with only 15 degrees of…

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Caroline

I moved from Africa to the UK in 1988, and settled in Harrow, North London. I started off in the corporate world working for the National Lottery, but then had a career break to have my two children. Once they were all grown up, I came and worked for The Freemasons’ Grand Charity as I…

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Les

Well,  I’ve been with the masonic charities for over thirty years, having joined the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB) back in 1988!   I come from a strong masonic family – my father and uncles were all keen freemasons. When the job came up it was advertised throughout the provinces, including my…

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