Freemasonry is a fraternity steeped in tradition, and with aims that are of friendship and support. It is founded on principles of integrity and virtue.
That support is provided to Masons and their dependants through dedicated Masonic Charities, which include a Benevolent Institution that maintains 26 Residential Homes, also providing nursing and dementia care; and a Foundation dedicated to education, development and support of young people,as well as addressing more specific health issues of Masons and their families. This support is both practical and financial.
Our non–Masonic charitable aims are to support not only National Charities, but also charities and worthy causes in our own communities.
The wider community and international relief situations are served by a grand Charity to which we all subscribe.
Over the past five years, Freemasonry has raised more than £75m. for a wide range of charitable purposes, including those involved in medical research, community care, education, work with young people, and disaster relief appeals. In the case of Astolat Lodge, this includes:
. The Prostate Project (Stokes Centre for urology, RSCH, Guildford)
· Gynae-Oncology Research at the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH)
· Philippine Typhoon Haiyan
· Japan Tsunami
· Tibet Earthquake Appeals
Freemasonry has an enviable record for providing regular and consistent financial support to a wide variety of charities over long periods, while making thousands of grants to local charities, appeals and projects throughout England and Wales each year.
As a member of a Lodge, the expectation of members for charitable commitments is entirely the matter for the individual, his circumstances and his conscience. Such matters are completely confidential and are never expected to be to the detriment of the member or his family. Of most importance is the involvement of the individual in the broader efforts of the Lodge