Tuesday 5th November 2019
Dear Brother/Companion Colin Stanford Manning [Charity Steward],
I greet you well and welcome you to the Autumn 2019 charity update for Lodge & Chapter Charity Stewards.

I was keen to provide you with a brief update on the Charitable work which has been carried out on your behalf, both at National (Masonic Charitable Foundation) and Provincial level since the summer recess. This can prove useful information to use in your Lodge & Chapter reports.

National Emergency Grants
Flooding – Yorkshire: £15,000 - Emergency grant
At the end of July, heavy rainfall caused flash flooding across North Yorkshire. A bridge collapsed and roads were impassable and homes in Leyburn and Reeth had to have flood water pumped out of them. Furthermore, the flood waters caused structural damage to other buildings in the area.
Monsoon Floods – Bangladesh: £20,000 - Emergency grant
At the end of July, monsoon rains in Bangladesh have caused widespread flooding and damage. Plan UK have an updated Situation Report taken on Sunday, 11th August. According to the Joint Needs Assessment, 7.6 million people are directly affected: 114 people have died; an estimated 600,000 houses were damaged, 307,391 people displaced. Floods have damaged 6,640km of roads and other vital infrastructure, and 2,644km area have been eroded by the river; and 163,194 ha crops were damaged.
Hurricane Dorian – Bahamas: £40,000 - Emergency grant
At the beginning of September, Hurricane Dorian caused extensive damage to the Bahamas, with category 5 winds and rains damaging houses and other buildings, leaving many people without shelter. As many as 13,000 houses may have been severely damaged or destroyed. Extensive flooding is believed to have contaminated wells with saltwater, creating an urgent need for clean water.

On a more local basis, within our Province we have awarded 3 MCF grants to ;
The School of Hard Knocks - £92,418
Action for Elders - £15,000
Wales Air Ambulance - £4,000

We have also just awarded 5 further grants to local hospices totalling £5,080
City Hospice (Cardiff) £1,000
Sandville Self Help Foundation (Porthcawl) £1,100
The Bracken Trust Cancer Support Centre (Llandrindod Wells) £1,000
Ty Croeso Day Hospice (Ystradgynlais) £500
Ty Hafan Children's Hospice (Sully) £1,480

In the last few months we have also supported ;
Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team
Rainbow of Hope Charity
Forget me Not Café Dementia Group
Supplied a Defibrillator (AED) to Rhoose Village

I have personally visited many of these recipient charities / great causes to see exactly how they plan to use the funds which our brethren so generously donate and to see first hand how these grants benefit those who are less fortunate.
If you would like an further information, please contact me directly on ProvGChStwd@province.org.uk or 07802 608325

Warm fraternal regards,
W.Bro. / E.Comp. Robert G Payne
Provincial Grand Charity Steward / Prif Stiward Elusen y Dalaith