Just before Christmas Alma Mater Lodge, in Cambridge, gave £1250 to the Trumpington Community Fridge to help provide essential food to those in need over the Festive period. This grant was funded from Alma Mater Lodge, Cambridgeshire Province Charity for Care & Relief and from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
The Trumpington Community Fridge was set up earlier this year in response to an urgent demand for basic foodstuffs from those seriously affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. They supply food on a “no questions asked” basis to those who cannot obtain supplies from anywhere else.
The Province of Cambridgeshire Charity for Care and Relief is constituted by Deed of Trust and is a Registered Charity. The objects of the Charity are to dispense funds for the benefit of poor and distressed throughout Cambridgeshire.
Freemasons donated £1 million between April and July to help those impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, and are now focusing on protecting the homeless, with a new series of donations across England and Wales.
The homeless crisis has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many people losing their jobs and finding themselves either living on the streets or in unsuitable living conditions. In 2019 Shelter estimated that 280,000 people were homeless in England alone, while the Greater London Authority reported 4,227 people sleeping rough in London between April and June, of which 2,680 were sleeping on the streets for the first time.
The funds raised will help provide safe living conditions, healthcare, meals, and employment opportunities for the homeless; as well as helping protect them from the winter weather, which kills hundreds of homeless people every year. In addition, Freemasons will be volunteering their time at 26 homeless support organisations.
The grant from Cambridgeshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, from across England and Wales.
Jackie Colvil, Co-ordinator of the Trumpington Community Fridge said:
We much appreciate the generosity of Alma Mater Lodge and the Cambridgeshire Freemasons, especially at this time of year when there are very heavy demands on our services.
Edmund Brookes of Alma Mater Lodge said:
We are very pleased that we have been able to help the Trumpington Community Fridge.
Freemasons will be providing the following support to homeless people across the country:
- More than 40,000 homeless people will be provided with essentials, transport and support, as well as help accessing services such as counselling, healthcare and benefits;
- Almost 197,000 meals will be provided to homeless people;
- Approximately 600 people are being given employment and training opportunities;
- Nearly 1,400 individuals are being provided with accommodation and support.
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