£26,000 given to 19 Charities by East Kent Freemasons.

Organisations and Charities around Kent were awarded funds from the Cornwallis Charity of East Kent Freemasons by the Head of East Kent Freemasons, Neil Hamilton Johnstone,

Neil said,” The aim of the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity is to invest in a brighter future. It does this by helping the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our local communities by providing funding opportunities. In so doing it helps these local charities to continue their excellent work and make a difference to people’s lives.

It is on occasions such as this, that we are both humbled and proud to be able to play our part.”

Picture of the Provincial Grand Master, Neil Johnstone

 The Provincial Grand Master, Neil Johnstone

Among those who received funds were, Swim England and the RNLI for their Swim Safe Charity, to help youngsters avoid getting into problems when playing in, or near water.

Swim Safe offers free outdoor swimming and water safety sessions for children aged between 7 and 14. Children learn how to keep safe when swimming outdoors and know what to do if they get into trouble. Swim Safe runs every summer at a beach, lakes and other inland locations across the UK. And the best thing about Swim Safe is that it is free to attend. Last year, over 7,000 children took part in Swim Safe sessions. It was so successful that this summer the programme was extended to 20 locations.

Children get to enjoy a fun, structured swimming session at a choice of open water locations – and learn all about how to stay safe. Each 60-minute session is run by qualified swimming teachers, supported by a team of trained volunteers.

Jamie Barnes for the RNLI said, “Every donation helps with cost, like training and equipment, thank you East Kent Freemasons”.

Contact: https://swimsafe.org.uk/

Members of the RNLI receiving a cheque from the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity

Members of the RNLI receiving a cheque from the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity

Another good cause to receive a donation, Canterbury’s Hellfire wheelchair rugby team.

Wheelchair rugby is a team sport played by athletes with a physical disability. It is a sport like no other and has elements from several different sports including Basketball, Handball and Ice Hockey. It is a contact sport and physical contact between rugby chairs is an integral part of the game. It is played by two teams of up to 12 players but only four players from each team may be on court at any time. It is a mixed gender sport and both male and female athletes play on the same teams.

To be eligible to play athletes must have some form of disability with a loss of function in both upper and lower limbs. Most athletes have a spinal injury but there are many others with a wide variety of medical conditions. Brian Pitch said, “We a really thankful for the support given to us by the Cornwallis Freemasons Charity, it will be used to buy two specially made wheelchairs”.


Picture of the Wheel Chair Rugby Team

Picture of the Wheel Chair Rugby Team

About Louie’s Helping Hands

Who’s aim is to provide life changing support to children aged 2-11 living in Kent with multi-sensory impairments and physical difficulties. They support children attending The Llewellyn School & Nursery, by providing the right tools to enable each child to achieve.

Fiona King said, “A huge thank you to East Kent Freemasons for supporting us”


Below are more pictures from the very successful event.

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For further information about the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity, and for more about this event, Contact: Phil Heath,

Press & Public Relations Manager East Kent Freemasons.

Tel: 07802478382