Since the launch of the ELMC appeal many messages of support have accompanied donations.
Here are some:
“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.”
“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”
“…may I say at the outset how proud I am to be a mason and play a small part in Manchester Masons response.
I am pledging £25 towards the appeal in the name of my nephew who but for fate would have been stewarding at the Arena as he works for Showtec who handle the stewarding at events at the Arena and local football matches.
Please convey my pride in the excellent manner we have responded to yet another tragic event.”
“I have just transferred £5,000 to your account being a donation to your appeal from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hertfordshire Benevolent Fund”
‘….Just to let you know that we have made a donation directly through Internet banking through the details provided in the media message,
A worthy charitable cause
Our thoughts are with those familys, who sadly lost their loved ones”
“On behalf off all the members of Valence Lodge 5388 (Province of Essex) our condolences and thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones, suffered injury or are sadly still missing
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the city Manchester and we will wish you all well in the coming months, god bless”
‘My wife Chris and I were both born and raised in Manchester. Chris in Chorlton and me in Salford. So what happened is very close to our hearts.
We both have friends and family in Manchester; thank God none were directly involved but I believe there is every chance that some of the younger ones had friends at the Concert.
On behalf of Royds Lodge I have just donated £250 to your appeal. I made the payment on line.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours as well as the families who have lost loved ones or had them injured in this evil event.”
“My name is Chris Jeakins, I am Charity Steward of The Villerica Lodge 4053 in Province of Essex, our Lodge members have been deeply shocked with what has happened in your lovely city this week and has approved a donation of £500 towards your Manchester Bomb Appeal”
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.”