A cold but sunny winters morning on Monday 9th December saw our Chairman, Paul Jackson, meet the Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur accompanied by the Provincial Charity Steward, Andrew Thompson at Beamish Museum to be presented with a grant awarded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).
Arriving in the Old Town by tram they made their way to the magnificent boardroom above Barclays Bank where the Assistant Director of Beamish Museum, Sally Dixon gave a talk outlining the progress made by the Museum over the years and their development plans for the future.
John and Andrew then introduced themselves explaining the involvement of local freemasons in fundraising for the help of their communities with particular reference to the Hospice movement which they have supported for many years.
Paul Jackson said: “This donation is vitally important to Willow Burn and the services our nursing team provide to patients in Derwentside. Each year it costs £1.5million to operate Willow Burn and we need to raise 77% of this through donations, grants and fundraising. Our friends at the Masonic Charitable Foundation make this so much more attainable with their support – thank you.”