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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
The appeal is now closed
Freemasons in East Lancashire will have woken up on the morning of the 23rd May to hear the tragic news of the terrorist attack on Manchester, the city which has and always will be, the heart and historic home of our Province. There will be a desire in the coming days and weeks to want to do something to demonstrate our support and contribute in some way.
With that in mind, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Sir David Trippier has decided that our own East Lancashire Masonic Charity should be the focal point of any Masonic giving, which in due course will then be directed to the most appropriate cause for those affected. I am pleased to advise that, before 8am today, our friends in West Lancashire had already pledged a donation of £10,000. We have matched that and will now seek to utilise our own disaster fund to further add to that amount.
We are already being inundated with queries from our members who wish to also show their support. If you would like to donate to the fund we are coordinating, the details are:
Send financial donations to Hewlett Court with cheques made payable to ELMC to:
FAO Julie Ward
Hewlett Court Retirement Home
Newcombe Road, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9XJ
Or alternatively pay directly into East Lancashire Masonic Charity:
Account Number 88503372
Sort Code 01-10-01
IBAN number : GB13NWBK01100188503372
Swift Code : NWBKGB2L
Please Specify that the donation is for The Manchester Bomb Appeal with your communication or with your payment.
You can email: email@example.com or telephone: 01204 887531
You can also contact your local District Charity Steward, or the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, Ken Davies: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 07050 283012
If you would like to make a personal gift aided donation to the appeal then please go to our Just Giving page.
Whilst expressing our support through our principles of charity, it goes without saying that our thoughts and prayers are equally important and will remain with the families of those who have lost loved ones or have been affected in any way by this tragic incident.
We are so very grateful to all those, both Provinces and Individuals who have so generously responded to this appeal. Please see Donations Received
We have received the following message from RWBro David Hodgetts, Provincial Grand Master for Guernsey and Alderney: “Please pass on to the Province the deep sorrow that I and the Brethren of this Province feel on hearing of the news of the atrocity committed last night in Manchester. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt commiserations are with those who lost loved ones and our prayers and best wishes are with those who are injured and their worried families.There is deep shock that fanatics can cause such barbaric carnage. We share in the admiration for the emergency services and for the many acts of kindnesses being demonstrated by the people of Manchester and from farther afield. Fraternal best wishes.”
From RWBro Alastair Mason, Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Middlesex: “My Provincial Charity Steward, John Briggs, will be making contact tomorrow to make arrangements for a donation of £5000 from the Province of Middlesex to help East Lancashire to assist those so sadly affected by the bombing last night.
I do hope that this will assist – but please do not hesitate to contact John or me if you need any additional assistance with anything”
And from Richard Martin of Menorca Lodge nº 60 is in the Province of the Baleares, in the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Spain: “May we offer our truly heartfelt condolences regarding the evil act that took place in Manchester yesterday evening. To some extent we are lost for words and we feel a great sadness but we know that the Masonic community will be at the heart of assistance to the families and friends of those who have died or been injured. Our Lodge tomorrow evening will observe a silence to honour those who have passed away.”
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Freemasonry of East Lancashire