Service has always been a core principle of Freemasonry and we’re proud of our 300-year history of helping those in need. Our members make an important contribution at a local, national and global level every year by giving both their time and money to make a real difference to a number of organisations and communities.

It’s why Freemasonry is one of the largest charitable givers in the country, contributing £51.1m to deserving causes in 2020 alone. Freemasons do not only donate money – more than 18.5 million hours of volunteer work is undertaken by our members in their communities every year.

Our members engage in many activities including community fundraising and volunteering, as well as a varied programme of events where spouses, partners and families are welcome. We’ve made substantial donations across the country to local air ambulances, blood bikes and provide a number of emergency response vehicles, including two super aerial platforms for the London Fire Brigade.

Freemasonry does a huge amount for medical research into treatments for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and a whole range of other conditions, including Alzheimer’s, by funding UK medical scientists to make ground breaking discoveries.

More recently, money raised has helped to support those affected by overseas disasters as well as those at home.

Within Yorkshire West Riding

West Riding Masonic Charities Limited is the designated charity of the Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding

It is a charity and company limited by guarantee and derives all its funds from the voluntary contributions of Freemasons and their families.

It supports its members and their families when in need by making emergency grants to qualifying Freemasons, their family and dependents, providing Birthday and Christmas gifts to West Riding Beneficiaries and working closely with the Provincial Almoner structure to provide the most appropriate assistance to those in need.

Its Care and Support Officers are available to provide assistance, advice and guidance to beneficiaries, clients and Lodge Almoners to maximise their support network.

It also supports the wider community by responding rapidly to provide emergency assistance for local disasters and awarding grants to charities that support the most vulnerable in our communities.