Surrey Freemasons will be donating £20,000 of grants to charities and organisations impacted by coronavirus in the county.
Support from the national Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has enabled the group to donate to more local groups, with hospitals, universities and charities across Surrey all being supported.
Ian Chandler, the head of Surrey Freemasons, said: “I am delighted that at this time of national crisis Surrey Freemasons continue to work within our local communities to provide charity and support to those in need, as we have done for many years.
“Since the beginning of March we have distributed nearly £50,000 in charitable grants to enable our local charities to continue to do their excellent work.
“We want to reach out to those under the radar as well as our local heroes in the NHS. At a time when all of our attention is distracted by the impact of Covid-19 on our families, friends and colleagues it’s humbling to know that the work of carers in the third sector is relentless.”
From the Covid-19 Fund Surrey Freemasons are donating:
£3,000 to the Children’s Trust for the additional costs of PPE and IT to provide contact with relatives.
£2,500 to the University of Surrey Student Welfare Fund to support students with day to day living costs, in Guildford, Surrey.
£2,500 to Kingston University’s Student Welfare Fund to support students with day to day living costs.
£1,000 to Scrubs for Epsom and St Helier to purchase the materials volunteers need to make scrubs for local hospitals and a hospice.
£1,000 to MHA Reigate and Redhill Live at Home to support isolated elderly people with a befriending service and other support services.
50 tablets to Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley in Surrey, Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, Epsom and St Helier Hospital and Croydon University Hospital to help families stay in touch with their loved ones during the coronavirus crisis.
The Royal Surrey County Hospital (Credit: Darren Pepe)
From the Match-funding scheme Surrey Freemasons are donating:
£5,000 to Lifelites (including £2,500 from the MCF) to enable the continued support of children’s hospices including the Children’s Trust in Tadworth in Surrey.
£5,000 to White Lodge Centre (including £2,500 from the MCF) to deliver services and support to those with a range of disabilities, their families and carers.