Dozens of Yorkshire organisations have received some new year good news, courtesy of the Freemasons.
The Province of Yorkshire West Riding – which encompasses the geographical area of South and West Yorkshire, and parts of North and East Yorkshire – has given grants totalling £35,630 to 24 societies, charities, organisations and clubs.
The grants, ranging from £360 to £4,100, have come from the Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund, which are presented on a quarterly basis, with each recipient being nominated by individual Masonic Lodges across the region.
Each year, the PGM’s Fund presents grants totalling £200,000, but this year, to mark the tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England and the bicentenary of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, that figure rose to £300,000.
Those to benefit this quarter include:
- Henshaws, a charity supporting people with sigh loss and other disabilities, in Knaresborough, has been awarded £4,100 to purchase a new oven
- Disability Action Yorkshire, Harrogate, will benefit from £2,000 to help buy virtual reality equipment
- Music for the Deaf, based in Halifax, will receive £2,000 to buy laptops, musical composition software and instrument kits
- Trailblazers Allstars Cheerleading Academy, Rotherham, is being given £1,000 to purchase a 6m air floor and a booster board
David S Pratt, The Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding said: “Being able to give 24 organisations grants in excess of £35,000 is a fantastic start to the new year.
“As always, the money has been raised by lodge members, and once again their generosity is helping a huge number of community-based organisations.
“Charity is one of the three great principles that our order is founded on, and it is very much at the heart of what we do here, within our own Province.”
Further information about the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website, http://wrprovince.net/