Since the beginning of the lockdown and the onset of the coronavirus, regular masonic activities have been suspended.
However, with charity being one of the cornerstones of masonic values, the lockdown hasn’t stopped Middlesex masons being ‘masonic’.
Indeed under the leadership of the Pro Provincial Grand Master, Peter Baker, freemasons have been galvanised into a wide range of activities to help others.
Read below on some of the activities we have involved ourselves in, see the current progress, and fantastic sums of money and contributions Middlesex Masons are making to wider society in general.
Middlesex Covid Relief Appeal - Harrow District & Uxbridge Masonic Centres
In a major initiative, the kitchens at the Harrow District & Uxbridge Masonic Centres were re-opened during lockdown. With the help of some of the furloughed and volunteer staff, the centres have been preparing pre-packed nutritious meals, which are being delivered to the Salvation Army centres at Harlesden, Harrow and Hayes, to the Harrow Voluntary & Community Sector Forum, SUFRA – NW London and to Hillingdon Council for onward delivery to the beneficiaries they have identified as being in need of a daily hot meal. The Appeal has been a major success and now over 2,500 meals are being delivered a week.
Support for Food Banks & the NHS
Support Food Banks
To support the homeless and hungry, the Middlesex Province Relief Fund, the Middlesex Masonic Charity and Lodges have donated a total of £14,400 to a number of local food banks:
For more info on the food banks themselves, click here.
Support for the NHS
The Middlesex Masonic Charity, the Middlesex Relief Fund and Lodges have also contributed a total of £9,000 to the London North West Healthcare Charity, based at Northwick Park Hospital.
Brethren were advised they can donate directly to London North West Healthcare Charity, based at Northwick Park Hospital here: LNWHCovid19Appeal
For more information on this appeal:
Other local hospital charity donation sites can be found here:
Galaxy Tablets to hospitals and care homes
Freemasons have donated nearly 1,000 tablets to hospitals and care homes to provide vital contact between loved ones and coronavirus patients.
West Middlesex Hospital will receive eight tablets, and Hillingdon Hospital in Middlesex, have been received seven tablets. All of the donated devices will continue to be used by the hospitals after the coronavirus crisis is over.
150th Charitable Donations
To mark the 150th Anniversary of the formation of the Province of Middlesex, the RW Pro Provincial Grand Master and his team have made a donation totalling £50,000 to the following Middlesex charities.
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