Over the past 30 years, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has developed a strong partnership with the British Red Cross, supporting their work both at home in the UK and around the world. Last year, following a grant to fund a new emergency vehicle in Sussex, The Grand Charity surpassed the £2 million mark in donations to the Red Cross. This milestone has been recognised by the Red Cross who have thanked Freemasons for their continued support.
The partnership between The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and the British Red Cross highlights the impact two organisations with a shared focus and a drive for change can have on the lives of people in need. The consistent support of the Freemasons has allowed us to plan and shape our services so we are able to live up to our promise ‘refusing to ignore people in crisis’ both in the UK, and abroad.
We are lucky to have such dedicated support, and I look forward to continuing our partnership.
Mike Adamson, Chief Executive at the Red Cross
Since 1984, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has helped the Red Cross respond to a huge range of emergency situations across the globe, providing life-saving assistance to those affected by natural disaster. Most recently, £50,000 was donated to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake.
The Red Cross not only provides support to those facing disaster abroad but also to those affected by crises across the UK. In 2014, when large areas of the country experienced severe flooding, The Red Cross played a critical role in assisting those affected and The Grand Charity supported these relief efforts with a donation of £20,000.
The Grand Charity has also played an important role in funding the Red Cross’s Fire and Emergency Support Service since 2000 when £300,000 was awarded to fund the establishment of 10 services across the UK. Most recently, £48,000 was donated to fund a new emergency vehicle in West Sussex. To date, over £650,000 has been donated to the service, allowing the Red Cross to deploy 20 new emergency vehicles, train hundreds of volunteers and help over 90,000 people who have been affected by fire or other emergencies in the UK.
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is proud of its partnership with the British Red Cross and to have reached this important milestone of over £2 million in funding.
News of our support in the media:
o British Red Cross thank Freemasonry on Red Cross Website
o Feature article in Freemasonry Today outlining support for Red Cross in the UK
o Red Cross Vehicle in Sussex: Chichester Observer, 01/08/2015
o Red Cross Vehicle in Sussex: Worthing Herald, 01/08/2015