2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the Masonic Samaritan Fund and the end of the West Kent 2015 Festival. Established in 1990 with the working title of New Masonic Samaritan Fund, we continue to be the only Masonic charity providing health and care grants for Freemasons and their families. Since the Fund began, we’ve awarded 17,700 grants totalling over £64 million on behalf of over 11,500 individuals. The demand for help covering the cost of private surgery, treatment and care has continued to increase.
In our latest financial year (Oct 13 – Sep 14), we awarded more grants than ever before! We saw a 12% increase in funds allocated and a 21% increase in the number of individuals supported, in all areas of the Fund’s work: medical, dental, mobility, home adaptation, respite, counselling and consultation needs. Whilst our aim remains to support the health and care needs of the Masonic community, our work certainly hasn’t ended there. Since 2011, the MSF has awarded £2 million in medical research grants across England and wales. From Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to cancer and sensory loss, we support the causes that affect Masonic families and the wider community.
Our remarkable achievements have only been possible due to the hard work and dedication of all those who have supported us. We are extremely grateful to all our fund raisers for their generosity which has ensured that sufficient funds are available to meet the demand for our health, care and research grants. The MSF wouldn’t have survived the first 25 years without the kind donations of all those Freemasons and their families. From Festival Appeals to individual donors, every penny given has been thankfully received and faithfully applied.
On behalf of the Trustees, staff and, more importantly the 11,500 beneficiaries, we offer sincere thanks to all those who have donated by whatever means to enable the Fund to help those in need.
Richard Doug/as CEO