The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness.
Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also gives large sums of money to regional causes. Nationally, our efforts are channelled through four main charity organisations:
The Fremasons' Grand Charity - Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution - Masonic Samaritan Fund
which are in the process of being formed into one - under the name of:
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Clarendon Lodge № 8023 has in recent years supported the following charities:
Acorns Children's Hospice (Emily Hart Appeal) ~ Cystic Fibrosis Foundation ~ Neurology Charitable Fund of the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary (now the UHNS) ~ B-eat Eating Disorders ~ Royal National Lifeboat Institution ~ Teenage Cancer Trust ~ Compton Hospice.
Acorns Children's Hospice is a local children charity in West Midlands which provides care and supprt for children and young people who have life limiting or life threatening conditions. Emily Hart died in December 2006 shortly before her 6th birthday. As a two year old she was diagnosed with Metachromatic Leukodystrophy, a genetic disorder that affect the nerves, muscles and other organs and slowly gets worse over time. There is no cure for MLD. Emily lived at home right up until her death but she went into respite several times at Acorns Children's Hospice. Clarendon Lodge was happy to help support her in her ordeal.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a non-profit donor-supported organisation dedicated to the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis through the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately to find a cure.
UHNS Charity supports the excellent work of University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust by enhancing facilities and providing added value. It supports patients, their relatives and friends. Clarendon Lodge was happy to raise funds for the Neurology Fund.
B-eat (beating eating disorders) provides helplines, online support and an network of UK-wide self-help groups to help adults and young people in the UK beat their eating disorders.
Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. The more advanced and innovative the lifeboats become, the more difficult it is to find boat builders able to meet their specialist lifesaving requirements. The RNLI solution is a bold one, which Clarendon Lodge has been happy to support. Bringing all-weather lifeboat building home to the RNLI, by creating a centre of engineering excellence in lifeboat production and maintenance, from design right through to rescue.
Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer. Clarendon Lodge contributed to Stephen Sutton's fundraising to this charity very close to his heart. Stephen was "pretty much like your average teenager" except that he was battling stage 3B colorectal cancer since the age of 15. Two years after the initial diagnosis, the cancer was deemed incurable and he began participating in charity events with the Teenage Cancer Trust and later fundraising. He died at the age of 19 having raised more than £3.2m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Compton Hospice is a Wolverhampton based charity which has been supporting patients facing a life-limiting illness.