Raffles may not be top of the list for many of us when we think about those things we miss most about being unable to meet, but they do provide much needed funds for Lodges and Chapters to distribute to charities.
Kudos then to Royal Union Lodge, No. 382 for organising a virtual raffle, while maintaining all the social distancing protocols.
The brainchild of Lodge Treasurer W Bro Tony Graysmark PProvGSuptWks and Charity Steward W Bro Grant Boulton, the raffle was for two Christmas hampers donated by them and the Lodge’s Secretary.
Launched over email, text and phone calls to the Lodge Brethren, £200 was pledged within 10 minutes and eventually rose to £700 in total.
The draw was made on 15 December 2020 at the home of W Bro Graysmark with his family assisting, with the Lodge’s Worshipful Master Vic Gossage PProvJGW and a new Master Mason in 2020, Jim Stachini, scooping the prizes.
The primary beneficiaries of the initiative were three local charities –
– Home Start in Hillingdon, supporting young families with children – www.home-start.org.uk/home-start-hillingdon
– Sweetcroft Care Home in Uxbridge – sweetcroftcarehome.co.uk
– the Maggie Trust for cancer care – www.maggies.org/our-centres/maggies-west-london/
The funds were much appreciated, with many local and smaller charities facing real difficulty with many of their fundraising activities curtailed.
“The other benefit was just the opportunity to work together as a Lodge and be active, which we have sorely missed, and to allow the Brethren to keep in touch with each other, particularly given we have a number of recent initiates” said W Bro Boulton.
With grateful thanks to W. Bro Ian Mitchell for the report.
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