What is a Relief Chest?
A Relief Chest is a charitable account which is owned collectively by a group of Freemasons, such as a lodge, chapter or province. Donations made by members of the group are collected and held securely in the Relief Chest, until the group decides to distribute them to registered charities.
Today, there are over 5,000 Relief Chests which hold funds totalling more than £21 million. Every year, Relief Chest holders donate over £10 million to charity.