Freemasons support the fight against Alzheimer’s with £175,000 boost for Cambridge research team | Alzheimer’s Research UK

Reading Time: 2 minutes Freemasons support the fight against Alzheimer’s with £175,000 boost for Cambridge research team With half a million people in the UK living with Alzheimer’s, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and the Masonic Samaritan Fund have been united in their desire to support groundbreaking research that will help identify new targets for treating the disease, with a … Read more

£1m giveaway to medical research projects to mark 25th anniversary of MSF – Freemasonry Today

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£1m giveaway to medical research projects to mark 25th anniversary of MSF – Freemasonry Today

The silver shortlist To mark the 25th anniversary of the Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF), the trustees are making available £1 million in support of medical and care research projects  The MSF is planning to award grants of up to £100,000 in 10 regions across England and Wales. Its Silver Jubilee Research Fund originally received 62 grant applications, seeking nearly £9 million in support. However, with only £1 million available through the fund, the charity will need to make some difficult decisions.

Since 2011, the MSF has supported research projects that aim to improve the prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and care available for illnesses and disabilities that affect masonic families and the wider community. Nearly £2 million has been awarded to large and small research organisations such as Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Carers UK and the A-T Society. Several research projects funded by the MSF have achieved significant success in their field.

A £181,000 grant awarded to Alzheimer’s Research UK has helped to develop a new blood test that, it is hoped, will predict whether someone with early memory problems will develop Alzheimer’s within a year.

Two grants totalling £75,000 awarded to RAFT (the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust) have helped to develop a working prototype of a bionic arm fit for human trials, in a bid to compensate for the loss of a limb.

A grant of £34,000, presented to Prostate Cancer UK, has helped Dr Hayley Whitaker and her team to identify that the presence of a specific protein can distinguish prostate cancers that are aggressive from those that may never seriously harm the patient.

Freemasons support UK charities with grants totalling £1,365,500

Reading Time: 5 minutes At its General Meeting held in Norfolk in November 2014, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity approved grants totalling £1,365,500 to be donated to non-Masonic causes: • £715,500 for 21 different valuable causes specified below • £192,000 for air ambulance charities and similar rescue services in England, Wales and the Crown Dependencies • £458,000 for major and … Read more