Provincial Charity Steward News and Update -
First and foremost I would confirm that the 2012 Festival (under the guidance of Martin Katz) raised in excess of £700k. A truly remarkable figure.
Our recently appointed Provincial Grand Master Richard Gan has decided to support three Middlesex based Cancer Charities. Initial donations of £500 have been made to the Shooting Star Trust, the Harlington Hospice and St. Lukes (Harrow).
It is the PGMs wish that each lodge consider making a donation once a year from Lodge Funds to the Middlesex Mark Benevolent Fund in support of the three designated charities.
Please let me know of any donations made to local charities of your choice.
Shooting Star Trust
Since it was opened in 2005 the progress achieved has been amazing. Based in Hampton it provides care for in excess of 250 families.It supports not only children, but their siblings, parents and other relatives both at centre and also in the community. £3.5 million is required each year to maintain services most of which comes from fund raising and donations.
Relatively new it is based near to Hayes Town centre. Day care facilities are provided at Lansdowne House and palliative care in the community. Operates 5 charity shops in Hillingdon which provide the majority of the funding required.
St Lukes (Harrow)
Well established and recently celebrated 25 years of service in Harrow and Brent. Provides a full range of care both at the Centre and In the community. Over 75% of funding comes from events and donations. A midnight walk recently raised in excess of £200k.
Brethren, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07703 597315 if you have any queries to raise or would like me to attend your meeting to give a short talk on charitable matters.
Chris Nixon, Provincial Grand Charity Steward