Freemasons and their families in Derbyshire have raised over £2.4 million for the organisation's health, care and research charity.
The Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF) received the £2.4 million donation raised following a six-year fundraising appeal from members in the county.
The MSF awards grants totalling £4.5 million each year in support of members’ health and care needs as well as to medical research charities which aim to improve the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and disabilities that affect everyone in our communities.
Successful research projects recently funded on behalf of Freemasons include a grant of £188k to Alzheimer’s Research UK and a grant of nearly £34k to Prostate Cancer UK’s research. Both studies successfully developed blood tests for early diagnosis and treatment of their respective diseases.
In receiving the cheque Brig. Willie Shackell CBE, President of the charity, said: "We are tremendously grateful to the members of Derbyshire. Their hard work and dedication to fundraising, despite difficult financial times, will help to change the lives of thousands of individuals in need and national charities pioneering cutting edge research.”
Graham Rudd, Freemasons’ Provincial Grand Master, said: “This six year fundraising appeal has given us a shared ambition to help our vital and life-saving charity. We move forward with the hope and ambition that Freemasonry and its charities can continue to thrive and contribute within the great Province of Derbyshire.”
Over 800 Freemasons and partners attended a spectacular finale event at the Dome in Buxton to celebrate the successful conclusion of the six year fundraising appeal.
The Masonic Samaritan Fund has donated over £62 million since it was established in 1990.
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