Our Charity Work
The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. Many national and international charities are supported by the United Grand Lodge of England.
Within the Provincial Grand Lodge of Bedfordshire, we also support a number of national charitable organisations but also smaller local ones within the county of Bedfordshire.
Teddies for Loving Care
Children attending the Accident & Emergency Department at the Luton & Dunstable and Bedford Hospitals can now have a cuddle with their own teddy bear to help soothe and comfort them whilst they receive emergency treatment. The teddy bears are a gift from the Freemasons of Bedfordshire and, as at February 2017, over 20,000 have been handed out.
The initiative is to help make emergency visits to hospital less traumatic for young patients, helping them to relax, which can make it easier to administer medical treatment.
Teddy bears under this scheme have been supplied to the Luton & Dunstable and Bedford Hospitals since December 2002.
Masonic Fishing Charity
The aim of The Masonic Fishing Charity is to bring an interactive fishing experience to those with special educational needs, including disabled and disadvantaged children and adults.
This is achieved by organising both coarse and fly fishing events. at suitable venues, inviting participants to attend from schools or centres within the boundaries of the organisational branch.
The Charity intends to provide a quality day in a safe and caring environment to ensure that the experience is stimulating and rewarding both to the participants and our volunteers.
See the upcoming fishing events here.
Cheque Presentation Evenings
In the last nine years approximately £600,000 has been donated to non-Masonic charities by Lodges at Charity Cheque Presentation evenings hosted by the Province of Bedfordshire. These evenings provide the opportunity for representatives from local charities to meet their opposite numbers to share ideas and discuss common problems.
The last such evening was held in February 2016 when cheques totalling almost £70,000 were presented. See our latest news on our cheque presentations here...