To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is giving away £3,000,000 to be shared between 300 nominated charities in England and Wales.
Eight charities in the Masonic Province of East Kent have been nominated for an award. How much they each receive will be decided by an online vote at www.mcf.org.uk/vote.
Each charity will receive at least £4,000, but it could be as much as £25,000. The amount they receive depends on YOUR VOTE and it’s up to the Masonic community and the public to decide which charities get the largest grants. Once you have voted, please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.
The eight East Kent charities and their sponsor Groups are:
- Ellenor (Group 1: Gravesend-Hoo-Rochester). Ellenor’s mission is to lead and coordinate the best personalised care for all ages, sharing their expertise to ensure that all families facing terminal illness get the right support in the best place possible, enabling them to make the most of the time they have. www.ellenor.org
- Kent Kidney Patients Association (Group 2: Chatham-Gillingham). The Association represents people requiring renal replacement therapy who are patients of the Kent & Canterbury Hospital. Its aim is to help patients come to terms with kidney failure, and help families to cope with the stresses of long term dialysis treatment. It also provides encouragement and information through its newsletter. www.kidney.org.uk/kpa/kpa-canterbury
- Home-Start Sittingbourne and Sheppey (Group 3: Sittingbourne-Sheerness-Wigmore). Home-Start Sittingbourne & Sheppey provides a unique service responding directly to families’ individual needs, providing a lasting and positive impact on the development of children and on the health and welfare of families. www.home-startsittingbourneandsheppey.org.uk
- Canterbury Oast Trust and the Rare Breeds Centre (Group 4: Canterbury-Herne Bay-Faversham-Whitstable). Canterbury Oast Trust (COT) is a charity supporting people with learning disabilities in Kent and East Sussex. It offers a high-quality person-centred approach through accommodation, support and training options. It runs a number of enterprises that support its work including the Rare Breeds Centre near Ashford. www.c-o-t.org.uk
- Blackthorn Trust (Group 5: Cranbrook-Paddock Wood-Tovil-West Malling). The Blackthorn Trust is a charity that offers medical care, specialist therapies and rehabilitation through work placements in the Blackthorn Garden. It offers help to people with mental or physical health difficulties or learning disabilities, and aims to assist individuals to progress towards their full potential. www.blackthorn.org.uk
- Romney Resource 2000 Limited (Group 6: Ashford-Dymchurch-Folkestone-Hythe-Sandgate-Tenterden). RRC is a leading charitable community organisation based in the heart of the Romney Marsh and has a reputation for delivering high quality training with a wealth of experience in supporting individuals and the wider community. It aims to improve the lives of local residents on the Romney Marsh and surrounding areas of Kent, by providing education and tackling unemployment to help people close skills gaps. www.romney-resource.co.uk
- Dover and Deal Sea Cadets (Group 7: Deal-Dover-St Margaret’s). Dover & Deal Sea Cadets are part of the UK’s oldest nautical youth charity. As a Sea Cadet you can go to sea, learn to sail and do adventure training, plus get extra skills to give you a great head start in life. http://www.sea-cadets.org/dover
- Porchlight (Group 8: Birchington-Broadstairs-Margate-Ramsgate-Sandwich-Westgate). Porchlight helps people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to; some people are homeless, others are struggling to cope with the pressures in their lives and need support to keep on track. The charity helps vulnerable and isolated people get support with their mental health, housing, education and employment. Its focus is on long-term solutions, breaking the cycle of homelessness and ensuring that people can live independently in the future. www.porchlight.org.uk
Every nominated charity has a chance of being awarded a grant of up to £25,000 and we need your vote to help us decide how much they get. Voting begins on 12 June and ends on 31 July.