When Clare’s marriage ended, she was left alone to care for her children, Henry, Polly, Flora and Oscar, who were all under the age of eight at the time. With an unexpectedly reduced income and sole responsibility for childcare, Clare wasn’t sure how they would manage. It was a very stressful time for the whole family, made worse when they lost their house soon after.
I had no home, no husband and no money. I truly did not know how I was going to cope. But then my local lodge almoner got in touch and told me about the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
We provided a package of support to alleviate the financial pressure the family was facing and reduce the negative impact on the children’s education. The package included grants towards daily living costs and specific grants for school trips, computers and extra-curricular activities. Our support meant Clare’s children had access to the same opportunities as their friends.
Now, Polly has a degree in Politics and International Relations and a second degree in Mental Health, Henry is an Olympic standard coach, and Flora and Oscar are both working in the film industry in London.
Clare’s voice emanates pride when she talks about all that her children have achieved:
Who knows how life would have turned out without the MCF’s support? We had nothing, but despite the odds and having had such a tough time, they’ve all done so well!
We have supported the Davies family for 16 years and our support will continue until they no longer need us.