To celebrate the tercentenary, more than 30 charities from across West Wales are sharing £150,000, donated by local Freemasons and their families.
Those charities benefiting from grants ranging from £600 – £10,000 include the Macmillan Nurses, Llanelli Talking Newspaper and the Carmarthen Youth Project.
Stephen Hookey, Head of West Wales Freemasons, said:
Charity has always been at the heart of Freemasonry and I’m delighted that we can celebrate our 300th anniversary by making donations to these outstanding organisations that do so much to help local people.
MCF funds a new ambulance in West Wales
It was also announced that the Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £56,000 to St John Cymru Wales to fund a new ambulance in West Wales, which will be presented at a special service to celebrate the Tercentenary of Freemasonry at St David’s Cathedral in July.
The charity operates a fleet of 108 vehicles across Wales and aims to replace each one every 10 years. This grant will fund a new ambulance in Pembrokeshire, where the current vehicle is over 16 years old. The grant will fund the cost of a new vehicle, fully equipped with state of the art life-saving equipment.
West Wales Freemasons on BBC Radio Cymru
In the last 10 minutes of the show, Provincial Grand Charity Steward Ryland James spoke with Dewi Llwyd on Post Prynhawn.
Local charities to receive grants from West Wales Freemasons
Provincial Tercentenary Grants: £600 each
The H.O.P.E. MS Therapy Centre – Neyland, Pembrokeshire Young Carers, Special Needs Assessment Playgroup (Haverfordwest), Myrddin Special Unit, South West Wales branch of MND Association (Motor Neurone Disease), Pembrokeshire Riding for the Disabled Association, The Care Society, Tenby Museum, Pembs Cancer Support Group, Blood Bike Wales, Fishguard Flyers Swimming Club, Llanelli Talking Newspaper, PembsSpecial Needs Gymnastics Club, Fishguard & District Stroke Club, Cardigan Oxygen Therapy Centre, Lampeter Family Centre, LATCH, League of Friends – Glangwili Hospital (Specifically towards Oncology dept), Calonnau Cymru, Luke Somerfield Memorial Trust, Cymdeithas Ceredigion i’r Deillion – Cardiganshire Assoc’n for the Blind, Wales Air Ambulance, Cariad Defibrillators, Ski 4 All Wales
PGM Tercentenary Awards: £10,000 each
Macmillan Nurses, Marie Curie, Paul Sartori Foundation
MCF Community Awards
It was also announced that four charities will receive a share of £50,000
HOPE, Carmarthen Youth Project, HUTS, Welsh Hearts