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Charity News - February 2021


2020 is a year which will long be remembered with the impact of the Covid-19 virus causing a global Pandemic  which has impacted on the lives of millions of people.

When the first Lockdown in the UK happened, the Provincial Grand Master immediately requested that the Provincial Benevolent Fund  gave donations of £1,000 each to Foodbanks in the three Counties in our Province, to support those in our communities likely to suffer most from the shutdown of the economy and shielding.


As the summer went on it became clear that many people were suffering from the loneliness of isolation, carers isolated from their usual support,  children from not being able to go to school. He therefore made an Appeal to the Mark Masons of the Province to donate to the Benevolent Fund, specifically to support donations to a variety of charities and good causes to support those people and to help foodbanks to provide a little more for Christmas

Following this appeal, £4500 was donated to 11 such bodies throughout the Province.



Charity News - October 2019 

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home 

News from the PGM ....

In September Paul Sartori Hospice at Home, a cancer support charity in Pembrokeshire submitted
an appeal for a donation to purchase two specialised Toto automated bed turning systems for immobile
end of life patients, cared for by Paul Sartori, to reduce the risk of pressure damage in the later stages of
a life limiting illness.
Paul Sartori Hospice at Home is seeking funding to the value of £3900 to purchase two Toto Lateral
Turning Systems (automated bed turning systems). 

I am delighted to inform you that this appeal has been approved. 

Here are links to the up to date list of Grants approved by the MBF as published on 14th October,
and also the MBF Worthy Causes Guideline.

We must continue to encourage Mark Masons to actively look for good causes in their areas,
and whilst we cannot guarantee that applications will be successful we must try our best to use the MBF

Best wishes, Gary Hicks, PGM


Following Lodge nominations nearly all of the beneficiaries of the Province’s MBF 150th Anniversary Commemoration Scheme have been decided by the Provincial Executive and are as follows:

Mansel Mark Lodge No 820:

Talking Newspaper for the Blind (Carmarthenshire branch) £1000.00,
National Autistic Society (Carmarthenshire branch) £500.00.

Picton Castle Mark Lodge No 297:

Pembrokeshire Special Needs Gymnastics Club, towards new flooring and equipment, £1500.00.

St Bride’s Mark Lodge No 729:

Milford Haven Talking Mercury (talking (newspaper) £750.00,
Little Hearts Matter (support for anyone suffering from a single ventricle heart condition) £750.00

Lliedi Mark Lodge No 820:

Chemotherapy Unit, Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli, £750.00,
Cylch Meithrin Felinfoel, £750.00.

Penfro Mark Lodge No 1102:

Pembrokeshire Action to Combat Hardship, £1500.00.

Loventium Mark Lodge No 1287:

DASH(Ceredigion (leisure schemes for disabled children and young people), £1500.00.

Teifi Mark Lodge No 1441:

Alzheimer’s Society Cymru (West Wales Office) £1500.00.

Aberystwyth Mark Lodge No 1674:

Mind (Aberystwyth), towards a project assisting young people with mental health problems, £1500.00.

Carreg Wastad Mark Lodge No 1705:

DPJ Foundation, £750.00,
Get the Boys a Lift, £750.00.
Both causes provide awareness and support in West Wales regarding mental health.

Those of you present at the Provincial Meeting on June 29th will have witnessed the Mark Benevolent Fund Charities Manager, W Bro Darren Coleman-Heald, presenting a £33,000.00 Treatment Vehicle to St John’s Ambulance Cymru, for use in West Wales.
Having donated over £25,000.00 to the MBF over the past few years, Dyfed Mark Masons have made a major contribution towards this.

Additionally, the Provincial Grand Master, R VW Bro Gary Hicks, decided that St John’s Cymru should receive £1000.00 from the Provincial Benevolent Fund, and Prostate Cymru £1500.00.
The Provincial Meeting Alms collection of £965.00 was be topped up to £1000.00 and donated to the West Wales branch of Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.

Thank you to all the Dyfed brethren who have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the PBF and made such donations possible.

For further information about regularly contributing to the PBF see your Lodge Charity Steward.

Bob Davies

Provincial Grand Charity Steward            3rd September 2019

Presentation of New St John's Ambulance (MBF)

At 9.30am on Saturday June 29th immediately prior to the Provincial Meeting, the Mark Benevolent Fund will officially handover a new state of the art ambulance to the St John’s Ambulance Service, Dyfed Branch.

This is the latest donation from the Fund’s £3.3 million plan to provide similar vehicles and treatment facilities to St John’s branches throughout the Welsh and English Provinces and, having donated over £30,000 to the MBF over the past six years, Dyfed Mark Masons can feel proud of their contribution to the work of our national charity.

The vehicle has already seen valuable service throughout Dyfed’s three counties and I hope further information about it will be available shortly.

The Provincial Grand Master, R W Gary Hicks, hopes as many brethren as possible will arrive at the Provincial Meeting a little early to attend the presentation.  

Bob Davies

Provincial Grand Charity Steward

The Mark Benevolent Fund Grand Parade
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 at 2pm
Freemasons’ Hall, London

Join us at the Quarterly Communication of Mark Grand Lodge where you will be able to meet representatives of many of the 50 charities who received a grant from the M.B.F. in 2018.
Our guests will process into Grand Lodge and invited speakers will tell us how our grants have had an impact on their charity and those are helped.
Come and support your Province and be proud to call the M.B.F. your charity.
Further details from W.Bro. Darren Coleman-Heald, P.A.G.D.C.
Charities Manager, Mark Masons’ Hall


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Mark Benevolent Fund – Guide to Eligibility

Mark Benevolent Fund Guide to Honorifics

The Fund 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.
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 life boat, 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.


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