The Masonic Province of Middlesex Charitable Trust (MPMCT) otherwise known under the working title of the Middlesex Masonic Charity (MMC) makes grants to worthy causes and charities in Middlesex, or with strong Middlesex connections, which have been suggested by members of Lodges and Chapters in the Province.
The grants are often made in respect of, but not limited to, youth development, community projects and support for medical and care facilities in the Province.
The MMC also offers financial support to the children and grandchildren of Middlesex Masons by way of scholarships in further education.
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Grants awarded during the period from October 2018 to August 2019
Harrow Horizons –
A Grant of £2,000 was awarded to Harrow Horizons, a charity supporting childrenand young people in Harrow who need help to improve their emotional health and wellbeing. They work with children and young people aged 0 to 18, or up to 25 with a special educational need or disability, alongside their families.
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital –
A Grant of £5000 awarded to help provide world-class care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and to support the hospital’s pioneering work in orthopaedic research and education.
Brent Young Carers Service –
A Grant of £2,500 awarded to help towards a Christmas Party for young carers and their families, who cater for their siblings with a disability.
They usually get around 90 people attending of which 55-65% are young carers.
Prince Michael of Kent Court –
A Grant of £15,000 towards the provision of an orangery for extra living space to make the residents lives more comfortable.
There are more and more Dementia sufferers being admitted and this facility does provide some relief and help brighten their lives.
Young Enterprise –
A Grant of £3725 awarded to Young Enterprise to subsidise each state school in the Middlesex area running the company program and to run the South London Final.
Langdon Down Centre (Normansfield Theatre) –
A Grant of £5,000 awarded to help upgrade the stage lighting of the Normansfield theatre which has an active programme of 45 shows a year which are attended by over 5,000 people from the local community and the surrounding areas.
The profits go towards the national Down’s Syndrome Charity.
They also hold a series of workshops and performances for adults with additional needs including physical, learning disabilities and hearing loss which include weekly drama groups for teenagers with Down’s syndrome.
This is followed up with an end of term performance on stage for parents.
Performances on stage, specifically for adults with learning disabilities, include ‘Mama Mia’ and ‘Hamlet’ by adults with learning difficulties (mostly Down’s Syndrome).
Also ‘Before Matilda’, a musical written by a local young man with Down’s syndrome who directed and wrote all the music for the production.
He is currently writing a new musical called ‘Up Down South?’ which we hope to have performed at the theatre.
The theatre is also used regularly for training courses for parents and professionals of children and adults with Down’s syndrome and regular transition workshops for adults with all learning disabilities.
Otaker Kraus have held musical concerts there for their adults and children with learning disabilities.
The theatre was featured in December on BBC TV highlighting the issues of people with learning disabilities which also featured a children’s choir from Otaker Kraus.
Every year, in June, they host the final day of the Learning Disability Week with speakers and musical performances on stage from people with learning disabilities.
Every December they hold their annual Christmas Carol Concert which features a performance (dancing or singing) from a local dance group for adults with Down’s syndrome, or a choir of singers with learning disabilities.
Happy Days –
A Grant of £2000 awarded to provide a group activity holiday for 15 children from Middlesex.
Holiday includes Legoland, Butlins and the theatre.
Acorn Centre Ashford Park Primary School –
A Grant of £1348 awarded to the Acorn centre for a summer house to enable small groups of children to learn about their outside space in all weathers.
The Acorn Centre cares for around 25 Children with additional needs, mostly autism.
1st Northwood Scout Group –
Grant of £5,000 was awarded to provide new kitchen units in a brand new scouting centre.
The Late W Bro Marcus Taylor –
W Bro Marcus Taylor bequeathed the MMC a sum in his will.
He requested that both his Lodges received half each for charitable use.
The MMC matched the bequest, with the result that Jersey Lodge donated £1,000 to Hillingdon Hospital to purchase some saturation units and The Round Table Lodge of Middlesex donated £1,000 to the Michael Sobell Hospice.
An additional £2,000 was donated to The 2020 Festival in the Lodges’ and Marcus Taylor’s name.
Diabetes UK – Know your Risk events within the Province of Middlesex
The MMC will be sponsoring Diabetes tests at the Harrow and Twickenham Centres in the New Year.
The dates and times will be confirmed in due course.
There may be a number of Lodge members who may be at risk from diabetes.
This is an ideal way to raise awareness and educate members so that they can use their new knowledge of diabetes to educate others in their wider networks.
City, University of London –
As an obstetrician and expert on childbirth Gordon was renowned in the field of antenatal and postnatal care so the Trustees decided it would be most appropriate to support students of that valuable profession.
The City, University of London, new home of the old Barts Nursing School, was delighted that the Middlesex Masonic Charity agreed to provide financial support to City’s Division of Midwifery by way of bursaries to second and third year midwifery students.
The bursaries are named ‘The Gordon Bourne Bursaries’ in honour of our Past Pro Provincial Grand Master.
On signing the agreement Mrs Sutherland said “the bursaries will make a considerable difference to midwifery students at City, who are facing increasing financial burdens after the NHS abolished government bursaries leaving students reliant on the student loan system and the subsequent debt”.
The University will select and announce the recipients of the bursaries in early Autumn and provide MMC with further reports as to their progress.
The Division of Midwifery at City, University of London has over 120 years’ experience educating midwives, having previously been known as the St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery and as it is now, within City’s School of Health Sciences.
Ranking 2nd in London for midwifery education by the 2018 Guardian League Table, City offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at pre and post-registration levels, as well as an extensive portfolio of training courses for workforce development. Passionate academics are made up of registered midwives with a diverse range of experience over many specialist areas within the midwifery profession, with many actively involved in research.
This article appeared in the Autumn/Winter 2019 Edition of the Mercury, which can be viewed HERE whilst hard copies are available at all Middlesex Masonic Centres while stocks last.
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