Throughout its history, Freemasonry has supported charity. Much of this support is channelled through the four main charities of The Freemasons Grand Charity, The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, and The Masonic Samaritan Fund.
At a regional level donations are given to Provincial Grand Lodge in support of charity projects throughout the county. In addition to these, lodges make donations at a local level to support their own local communities.
Some of the more recent Royal Edward supported charities have included; Riding for the Disabled, SARA, St Peters Hospice, MacMillan Cancer Care, Flying Scholarships for the Disabled, Above & beyond and Cancer Care.
Royal Edward joined the GMCA gift Aid scheme in 2003 and we have been able to take advantage of the 25% tax rebate on all donations received from tax payers. This has helped to increase our support to Charities, as well as the Almoner’s request in supporting our members and Lodge widows.