February Charity Update

This month we have the MCF overview of work done in Bristol, donations to GWAC and Childrens Hospital Southwest.

GWAC

The Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Jonathan Davis accompanied by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master WBro Richard Lewis and the Provincial charity steward WBro Tim Brunton were pleased to present a cheque of £4000 to Emma Carter of Great Western Air Ambulance from the MCF at their new base by Almondsbury. Since 2006 the MCF has funded the 22 air ambulance rescue services in England and Wales to the tune of £2.2million. GWAC has the Masonic Square and Compass on the tail. This new purpose-built place of operation is within 70 acres and cost £1.8 million. They now have dedicated training, ops, conference and quiet rooms. This is a far cry from the old draughty hangar at Filton which was one of the oldest in the country. GWAC does sterling lifesaving work and also goes into schools talking about CPR. For more information or to pledge support please visit:.greatwesternairambulance.com or talk to our DPGM who is a volunteer for the charity.

Also WBro Bryan Quinlan president of the 1985 circle presented a cheque which shows the way forward on how matched funding or combined donations can have a larger impact!

Children's Hospice Southwest

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master Richard Lewis with WBro Chris Cook and WBro Tim Brunton met with Fran at the Children’s Hospice SW, Charlton Farm, Bristol to see how they had spent the £1000 donated to them from the Masonic car rally held to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry at Tyntesfield House Wraxall. They had purchased a large TV with a stand and a blue ray player all of which can be easily moved from room to room for the children. They also bought several other gadgets including an Alexa devise. We were made very welcome with tea and cakes and helped to maintain the long Masonic tradition of supporting this hospice.