On Wednesday 5th November Oxfordshire Freemasons held the yearly Charity Giving Evening at the Banbury Masonic centre where 14 of the 120 Charities that the Freemasons donated to in the past twelve months attended.
The majority of charities that the Freemasons donated to were local to Oxfordshire or National organizations that serve the communities of the towns and villages in Oxfordshire.
Four of the fifty five Masonic lodges in Oxfordshire were from the Banbury Centre of Masons, namely Calthorpe and Castle Lodges who donated over £3,000 to ‘Katherine House Hospice’, Rathcreedan Lodge who donated £600 to the ‘The Brodey Centre’ attached to The Horton Hospital, Calthorpe Lodge donated £200 to ‘The Banbury Young Homeless Persons Charity’ and Rathcreedan Lodge ‘The Maggie Harvey Trust’ for research into specific forms of brain cancer giving them £400.
After each presentation a grateful reply was made from a representative of each charity and many highlighted that they receive regular donations to their charity from Freemasons.
Other charities that the Masons supported on the evening were Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance – £5,500, SeeSaw – £1,100, Bardwell Youth Football Club (Ambrosden) £500, The League of Friends for Bicester Community Hospital £2,400, SSNAP £1,450, Clic Sargant £2,500, Flexicare £250, Special Effect £60, Helen & Douglas Hospice £5,200 and Witney Talking Newspaper £1,100.
In the past twelve months Freemasons have donated over £150,000 to charities and good causes in the Province of Oxfordshire. Three times a year they take groups of disabled children and adults and teach them to fish for a day, giving them a real treat at something different.
In December they are paying for over 400 disabled and disadvantaged children along with their parents, siblings and carers to enjoy a Pantomime at the Playhouse theatre in Oxford.
The evening highlighted the amazing work carried out by the fundraisers from each organization, a humbling experience for those who attended.