Freemasons have donated £15,000 to help people in South Yorkshire affected by this week’s floods.
South Yorkshire Community Foundation’s Emergency Flood Disaster Relief Appeal
£15,000 is being donated to South Yorkshire Community Foundation’s Emergency Flood Disaster Relief Appeal – £10,000 by the MCF and £5,000 by the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
The appeal will support families and local people who have been displaced from their homes and had their property damaged by severe flood waters. About 400 homes have been flooded in the North, and 1,200 properties have been evacuated, according to the Environment Agency. Dozens of flood warnings are in place across the county and further heavy rain is forecast.
Local freemasons volunteer
Additionally, local Freemasons are being asked to assist anyone in distress caused by the floods. In the past, Masonic Halls have opened their doors to provide temporary shelter and a hot meal, and now are preparing to do the same.
David Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said:
I’m very pleased that Freemasons have been able to move so fast to provide help to those in our community who have been so badly affected by these terrible floods. Anyone who has experienced being flooded will appreciate the long-term distress and anxiety it causes. It’s not just the shock of the initial rush of the dirty water and watching property and precious possessions being destroyed, it’s the utter despair caused by the clearing up and the time it takes to repair the home.
History of support
Freemasons have a long history of supporting victims of natural disaster, around the globe and at home in the UK. This grant comes just three months after a £25,000 grant to support people affected by flash flooding in the Yorkshire Dales.