The East Midland Chapter has recently been distributing money that was raised at our annual National Rally. This is a weekend hosted by a different Chapter each year. It was our honour to co-host with the West Midlands Chapter last July. The Rally is a weekend event where members from across the UK, and even from abroad get together and party. In total this event raised £18,000. East Midlands are distributing half and West Midlands the other half.
Former Woman of Rochdale, Marilyn Jones, who started the soup kitchen in 2013 from the back of a car with Vida Slater, said: “We are really pleased to have this support, and we can’t thank the Freemasons enough for everything they’ve done for us thus far. For the past few years, we have had a great deal of support from the local Freemasons.”
Buttle UK based in Westminster, Greater London, work through a network of referral organisations such as local charities, social services and health centres, who ensure that help is given to those who need it most. Coronavirus has seen the charity busier than ever, but the unique referral network has allowed it to continue to support families despite the lockdown.