Freemasons Grand Charity cheltenham

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has approved grants totalling £864,000 to be donated to 53 charities. All of this money has been raised by Freemasons and their families.


28 charities will receive grants totalling £797,000 as part of the Major Grants Scheme in support of Medical Research, Youth Opportunities, Vulnerable People and Religious Buildings.

Medical Research:

The Cure Parkinson’s Trust: £45,000 to fund research into the role of mitochondrial degeneration in the development of Parkinson’s disease.

Guys and St Thomas’ Charity: £40,000 to fund research into cell therapy as a treatment for Crohn’s disease.

Moorfield’s Eye Charity: £65,000 to fund research into age related macular degeneration.

Restore- Burn and Wound Research: £20,000 to fund research into skin allograft acceptance for burn injuries.

UCL Cancer Institute Research Trust: £60,000 to fund research into immunotherapy as a treatment for lung cancer.

University of Leicester: £32,000 to fund research into the role of visual crowding as an influence on reading ability across the lifespan.

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK has received £50,000 from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity to help fund exceptional research at the University of Lincoln that is developing and refining a vaccine for Type 1 diabetes. This vaccine has the potential to treat newly diagnosed patients but also help prevent those at high risk of developing it in the future.

Youth Opportunities:

Armonico Consort Ltd: £7,500 to fund music workshops in Special Educational Needs Schools.

Canterbury Cathedral Trust: £22,000 to fund a third year of study for a young apprentice stonemason.

Farms for City Children: £10,000 to enable disadvantaged children from urban areas to experience life on a farm.

Groundwork UK

£10,000 to support personal and environmental development programmes in three regions across the UK.
Groundwork UK is a national charity which strives to strengthen communities through its social, economic and environmental projects. The Charity’s Green Team programmes enable young people to carry out environmental development projects which benefit their communities while learning new skills, gaining qualifications and enhancing their employability.

StreetGames: £25,000 to fund the “Us Girls” empowerment project in thirty communities across the UK.


Support for Vulnerable People:

AbilityNet: £15,000 to fund IT services for older disabled people.

The Back-Up Trust: £20,000 to fund the salary of a Schools Inclusion Coordinator.

British Lung Foundation: £40,000 to fund the Singing for Lung Health programme.

British Wireless for the Blind Fund: £47,750 to fund the replacement of old wireless internet audio players.


Canine Partners

Canine Partners aim to assist people with disabilities enjoy greater levels of independence and a better quality of life through the provision of assistance dogs. Their dogs are specially trained to help with everyday tasks such as the opening and closing of doors or cupboards, unloading washing machines, retrieving dropped items, undressing and raising the alarm in an emergency. As well as offering practical, physical assistance, these dogs provide invaluable social interaction and companionship and beneficiaries have reported marked increases in independence, confidence and self-esteem.
The charity received £50,000 to fund the costs of a new residential building at their training centre in Leicestershire.

Carers Trust: £30,000 to fund the salary of the Policy Development Manager.

Listening Books: £25,000 to fund the expansion of the Books for Hospices mini-library service.

The National Deaf Children’s Society: £7,500 to fund workshops helping deaf children and young people.

National Star Foundation: £37,250 to fund the costs of new specialist residential accommodation for people who have severe and complex disabilities.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory: £20,000 to fund an employability consultant.

Victim Support: £43,000 to help recruit, train and develop a Volunteer Service Team for their helpline.

WellChild: £40,000 to fund a nurse for children with long-term and complex health conditions in the East Midlands.


Jubilee Sailing Trust

Jubilee Sailing Trust have received £15,000 to support their Buddy Bursary scheme which funds places on tall ship sailing voyages for the carers of severely disabled people. For many people experiencing serious disabilities it would not be possible to take part in the voyage without the assistance of their carer, the cost of which can be prohibitive.
In 2012, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity helped to launch this scheme with a grant of £25,000 and the Trust has seen it grow in success.


Religious Buildings:

Blackburn Cathedral: £5,000 to fund the restoration of the Cloister Garth Building.

St David’s Cathedral: £5,000 to help fund the upgrade of the seating facilities at the Cathedral.

Winchester Cathedral Trust: £10,000 to help fund the new Learning and Development Centre.


25 charities will receive a total of £67,000 as part of the Minor Grants Scheme, to help cover their core costs.
The Aidis Trust £2,500 Empowers disabled people through support in using assistive technology to help reduce isolation and increase independence.

The Albert Kennedy Trust £3,000 Supports 16-25 year olds with different gender identities who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.

CICRA – Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association £2,000 Aims to create a wider understanding and awareness of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

CANCERactive £3,000 Provides the latest information on all therapies available to cancer sufferers and professionals.

Cavernoma Alliance UK £2,000 Provides information, support and advice to those affected by cavernoma.

Clearvision Project £2,000 National postal lending library of children’s books in print and braille, allowing children learning braille to be supported by sighted parents and teachers.

Colostomy Association £2,000 Provides support, reassurance and practical information to anyone who has or is about to have a colostomy.

The Encephalitis Society £3,000 Aims to improve the quality of life of all people affected directly and indirectly by Encephalitis.

Giving World £2,500 Distributes clothes, furniture and toiletries to vulnerable people.

HemiHelp £3,000 Provides information for children with congenital and acquired hemiplegia and their families.

Limbless Association £2,500 Provides information and support to amputees living with a congenital or acquired limb loss and those considering elective amputation.

The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation £2,500 Aims to give a better quality of life for patients suffering with leg ulcers.

No Way Trust £3,000 Raises awareness among young people about the causes, consequences, penalties and impact of crime.

The Neurofibromatosis Association £3,000 Provides information and advice to people affected by neurofibromatosis to improve their quality of life.

The Neuromuscular Centre (NMC) £3,500 Supports people affected by muscular dystrophy.

No Panic £1,000 Helps people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and other anxiety related disorders.

Remap £5,000 Designs and makes bespoke equipment for disabled people.

Second Chance £2,500 Aims to help and educate disadvantaged young people by providing facilities and other resources.

Siblings Together £4,000 Promotes contact between siblings separated by care, and supports them to achieve independence in society during and after care.

SIBS £3,000 Provides information and support to siblings of disabled children and to adult siblings who have grown up with a disabled brother or sister, in order to help them overcome their isolation and help them cope with the lifelong impact of disability on their lives.

Sickle Cell Society £2,000 Supports and represents people affected by Sickle Cell Disease to improve their overall quality of life.

Snowdon Trust £2,000 Provides grants to disabled students in further or higher education or training towards employment.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK £3,000 Provides information and support to those affected by all forms of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and raises awareness of the condition.

U Can Do It £2,000 Provides one to one computer and internet training for blind, deaf and disabled people on their own computers in their own homes.

UK Sepsis Trust £2,000 Provides support to people affected by sepsis.

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