Master’s Charities

The Charity the Master has chosen to support this year is:

Mark Benevolent Fund

The Mark Benevolent Fund is a registered charity (no. 207610) came into existence in 1868 on the suggestion of the Reverend George Raymond Portal, Grand Master of the Mark. His views on charity were far more radical and progressive than the general thinking of the time. He felt that for charity to be effective it had to be disbursed swiftly and without the bureaucratic formalities of other Masonic charities. To him it was wrong for there to be any delay in providing assistance to those in need and his own Latin tag “Bis dat qui cito dat” – he gives twice who gives promptly – became, and still is, the principal guideline of the M.B.F.

These are some of the charities that our Lodge has raised money for over the past years.

2018-2019   Mark Benevolent Fund

2017-2018   The Gallipoli Association and Mark Benevolent Fund

Master's Charity during 2017 - 2018

Primus Master Mahir Kilic kindly presented a cheque on behalf of the
Founders of the Gallipoli Lodge of MMM
R.W.Bro. David Frederick Ashbolt
on 17th November 2017.

The Fund has disbursed many millions to individual petitioners and an even greater sum in grants to charities within the wider community. A major grant of £1.6m has been made to the RNLI help fund a new lifeboat, Addenbrooke’s Hospital Trust received over £2m for machines to help in the diagnosis of prostate cancer and a pledge of £2.6 million has been made to Hope for Tomorrow Cancer Charity for the purchase of mobile chemotherapy units throughout the UK. These projects can only be funded with your help and dedication to the fund.