Lodge pledge donation

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    Whitehaven NewsNews
    Published at 15:37, Wednesday, 02 June 2010
    THE South West Cumberland Group of Lodges are planning to donate £10,000 to the First Responders organisation at a presentation dinner being held at Carlisle on June 19.

    The event will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Cumberland and Westmorland Masonic Province, which was formed in 1860, and which, in total will be giving out more than £70,000 to non-Masonic charities in the county.

    The South West Cumberland Group of lodges which are based in Millom, Egremont, Cleator Moor, Wath Brow and Frizington and total 12 in all, will be donating to the First Responders.

    Money has been raised county wide by a variety of social events and concerts, from individual donations and from collections and raffles. In common with Masonic tradition the money comes directly from Lodges and their members.

    Freemasonry is second only to the National Lottery in its funding and support of charitable organisations and good causes and its members are involved in many aspects of community work.

    Over recent years Freemasonry has become much more open and has begun a process of modernisation which is supported by the Provincial Grand Master, Norman James Thompson who is keen to highlight the work and support freemasons offer to the wider community.

    Since 2008 its Grand Charity has donated £600,000 to 227 hospices, including the three in Cumbria, £800,000 for youth opportunities, £180,000 to air ambulances, £1,000,000 for medical research into autism, deafness, epilepsy, cancer and many other hospital units and support agencies.

    Locally thousands are donated annually by individual lodges to good causes around the area.

    Published by http://www.whitehaven-news.co.uk

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