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Mark Benevolent Fund


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 d.coleman@mmh.org.uk

 


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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.