FREEMASONS SUPPORT WALES AIR AMBULANCE

£4,000 grant is part of £192,000 awarded to air ambulance services across the country

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The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, which is now part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, has awarded £4,000 to the Wales Air Ambulance service. This was just one of several grants totalling £192,000 awarded to Air Ambulance and rescue services across England and Wales by Masonic charities in the past 12 months.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country and is funded entirely by the donations of Freemasons and their families in England and Wales.

David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said: “Every year, as well as supporting air ambulance and rescue services, the Foundation awards millions of pounds to local and national charities that support vulnerable people, as well as hospices and natural disaster relief. Every air ambulance service in England and Wales has received Masonic funding, with £1.5 million in grants awarded since 2007 alone.”

Reverend Malcolm C G Lane, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Monmouthshire, said of the grant: “The Freemasons of Monmouthshire are honoured to support our local air ambulance service. Charitable giving is at the heart of Freemasonry and we are delighted to be able to contribute to the safety of people in our community through this grant.”

Air ambulances rely on voluntary donations to operate. Support from grant-makers like the Masonic Charitable Foundation means that doctors and paramedics can reach patients in emergency situations as quickly as possible and save lives.