The values of Freemasonry are based on:
A Freemason is taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. St. Augustine’s Lodge donate to local charities as well as nationally through four main charity organisations:
- The Grand Charity
- Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
- Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
- Masonic Samaritan Fund
The Grand Charity
The Grand Charity is one of the UK’s leading grant makers and every year gives £500,000 to hospices across England and Wales. In 2004, when the Tsunami struck South Asia, the Grand Charity responded within hours with a cheque for £50,000 to enable the British Red Cross to send immediate aid.
In 2006, the then Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro.T.D.C Lloyd OBE, TD, DL presented a cheque for £49,000 to Deafness Research UK on behalf of the Grand Charity to fund a research programme at North Staffordshire’s Keele University into age related hearing loss.