Local charities gain as an East Kent Freemasons lodge donates over £5,000

The members of Military Jubilee lodge of Freemasons in Dover are always keen help other organizations that may need that extra bit of funding.

They raise the money from donations given by members, holding social events and dinner dances,

Martin Jones who has been President of the lodge over the last 12 months said, “My wife Carol and I are proud to see help given where its needed and I am honoured to be a member of the East Kent Freemason Dover lodge”. Among those who have been helped by the lodge over the last year are:

For Us Too,  was set up in 2010 by a group of local parents and carers, with the aim of improving the lives of disabled children, young people and their families across East Kent. They represent the views and experiences of parents and carers, to fight for support, and to enable families to make things better.

“Donations like this from the Freemasons really makes a difference whether it’s for a Christmas party, some specialist equipment or a bespoke training workshop for parents/carers”.

Dover Smart Project is a local Dover based charity that works with young carers, young adult carers, older people, those living with a dementia, people without homes and Hospice patients. Our aim is to enhance these people’s extraordinary lives using art, creativity and kindness.

 “The kind donation we received from the Freemasons of Military Jubilee lodge will go directly to our older young carer group which supports young people from 18-25 who care for a family member. This group offers vital respite and a break from responsibility for them as they juggle home, college, work with being a carer”.

 The group is led by a young carer who we have supported for 6 years and is now able to work helping others. “

Dover Soup Kitchen, has been in existence for almost 30 years, feeding the hungry, homeless and lonely every night of the week, currently from the porch of St Mary’s church in Dover.  They have about 150 volunteers on our rota, and they work in teams of 2 to 4 to buy, prepare and serve the food.

Judith Shilling said, “On behalf of the Dover Soup Kitchen, please accept our thanks for the kind donation which will help with provide sleeping bags and clothing when requested”.

The soup kitchen helps by providing hot meals, as well as sandwiches and snacks.  On Christmas day we serve a sit down two course lunch at Dover Baptist church, and that is always well attended.  Guests leave with a full tummy, a bag of gifts and a selection of groceries, all of which are donated. 

Serving anywhere from 10 to 30 people in the centre of Dover at 6:00pm every day, two or more volunteers run each session.  In addition to serving food on their day, volunteers also buy and prepare all the food that they distribute.

Other organisations help by the Dover lodge over the last year include: Alzheimer’s, Canterbury Oast Trust, Scouts and the British Heart foundation.

Editor’s Note:

Soup Kitchen cheque prestation: Left, Martin Jones, middle, Judith Shilling, Right, Carol Jones.





For further information please contact:

Phil Heath

Press and Public Relations

East Kent Freemasons



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