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Grand Charity 2016 News

Grand Charity donates £666,500

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has donated grants totalling £666,500 to 17 charities.


11 charities have received grants totalling £644,000, as part of the Major Grants Scheme in support of Youth Opportunities and Vulnerable People.

Youth Opportunities:

  • Barnardo’s: £25,000 to fund a project worker to support young people in North Tyneside.
  • Girlguiding: £28,000 to empower young women aged 14-17 to learn about leadership and skills for life.

Support for Vulnerable People:

  • British Red Cross: £50,000 to fund a Patient Transport Ambulance (PTA) in Somerset.
  • Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre, Wales: £13,500 to provide specialist therapy to children with cerebral palsy.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust: £250,000 to fund a pioneering patient-led care programme, for people aged 16-24 that are suffering from cystic fibrosis.
  • English National Ballet: £30,000 to fund Dance for Parkinson’s, which helps people living with the condition to have a better quality of life.
  • Blind Veterans UK: £100,000 to help fund the cost of refurbishing disused outbuildings at Llandudno Rehabilitation and Training Centre.
  • Missing People: £10,000 to fund the salary of a services supervisor, for the charity’s free 24 hours services team.
  • NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children): £47,500 to help protect the mental health of children under the age of five, by working with either their biological or foster parents.
  • RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People): £40,000 to fund the salary of a sight loss advisor at The Royal Hospital in West Sussex.
  • Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability: £50,000 to help fund refurbishment work in the brain injury rehabilitation hub.


Six charities have received a total of £22,500 as part of the Minor Grants Scheme, to help cover their core costs.

  • The Country Trust: £5,000: Aims to teach children from deprived areas of towns and cities.
  • Amy & Friends Cockayne Syndrome Support: £1,000: Supports children and their families suffering from Cockayne Syndrome.
  • AF Association: £2,500: Provides information, support and access to treatments for Atrial Fibrillation (AFT).
  • Children’s Liver Disease Foundation: £4,000: Supports the needs of young people, up to the age of 25, affected by a childhood liver disease.
  • Pilgrim Bandits: £5,000: Special Forces veterans use their training and experience to help and inspire wounded soldiers to live life to the full.
  • Child Bereavement UK: £5,000: Charity supports families who have suffered bereavement and educates professionals.

For further information about any of the grants listed above, please email

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