A grant of £4,000 to the Wales Air Ambulance from South Wales Freemasons has brought the total Masonic support given to air ambulances across the country to almost £4 million since 2007
Wales Air Ambulance operates right across Wales, covering over 8,000 square miles of remote countryside, bustling towns and cities, vast mountain ranges and 800 miles of coastline.
The grant, which comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, is funded by Freemasons and their families from across England and Wales. During 2017, Freemasons from around the country will be presenting 20 regional air ambulances with grants totalling £180,000.
Catrin Hall from Wales Air Ambulance said: ‘We are very grateful to South Wales Freemasons for their continuing generosity.
'Without support like this the Air Ambulance would not be able to carry on flying and our life-saving work could not continue.’
Roy Woodward, Deputy Grand Master from South Wales Freemasons, recently visited Wales Air Ambulance, accompanied by John Davies, Freemasons Charity Officer. He said: ‘We are proud to be able to support the Wales Air Ambulance. Thanks to the tireless efforts of their doctors and aircrew, many lives of local people are saved every year.’
Wales Air Ambulance relies entirely on charitable grants and donations. To make a donation, please click here.
Cliff Hotel comes to the rescue
It was a crisis situation when, the night before the installation meeting of Teifi Lodge, No. 4648, in Cardigan, the masonic hall was struck by lightning, requiring structural repairs. Moreover, it was the lodge’s 90th anniversary, West Wales Provincial Grand Master Stephen Hookey was attending, and Master Elect David Elliot was to be installed by his father Graham.
The Cliff Hotel in Gwbert, already scheduled to host the Festive Board, came to the rescue and the meeting was held there. Stephen Hookey presented a Grand Charity cheque for £4,000 to Tony Key OBE, Pembrokeshire Coordinator for Wales Air Ambulance, and received a cheque for £10,000 from Teifi Lodge towards the West Wales 2015 Festival for the Grand Charity.
Over £18,000 has been donated to local charities and good causes by Monmouthshire Freemasons
All the recipients were very pleased with the donations and many were expecting much smaller sums than they actually received which was a very pleasant surprise for them.
It was truly humbling to see the dedication and emotion from so many hardworking people, all for the benefit of others.
There were several touching moments throughout the evening. India Lane and Abbey Morgan gave a well rehearsed response on behalf of the 1st Bulwark Brownies. Sara Eales, the chair of Jacobs Starz, a charity set up in memory of her son. And Ieuan Coombes, a sufferer of cerebral palsy who walked through the temple to receive just over £500 for the Sparkle Appeal.
The Provincial Grand Master RW Bro the Rev Malcolm Lane mentioned in his summing up how impressed he was with all those who do so much 'for humanity'. All funds donated were raised by Monmouthshire masons.