The 2020 Appeal PGM Message
In April 2011, I confirmed that we would continue to promote Regular Giving with Gift Aid as the preferred approach to supporting Masonic charities.
On your behalf, I accepted the invitation for Somerset to hold the 2020 Festival in support of the Grand Charity. Based on the generosity of Somerset Brethren in previous Festivals I was confident that we could raise £2.8m reflecting the financial support that our needy receive from our charities.
My confidence has not been misplaced as with two years to go we have raised the fantastic sum of £2m. Whilst this represents very good progress we can and need to do better if we are to attain our goal.
This new website illustrates just some of the many ways in which your money does so much good in Somerset, nationally and in times of disaster, overseas.
Somerset was a major beneficiary during the floods of 2014; many Somerset charities have received significant support; around £170,000 a year aids our needy dependants.
More than 70% of our Lodges have gained three or more Ashlar awards representing donations of at least £400 per Member. I thank those who have already given generously. We need to continue that effort and I urge those Lodges and Brethren who have yet to fully engage with the Festival to do so as soon as possible.
Gift Aid remains a very effective way of giving. Taking the time to complete a Direct Debit or an envelope provides an extra 25%. Gift Aid raised £500,000 for our last Festival so it really is worth the extra effort.
You may prefer other ways of raising money. A sponsorship challenge, social events and the ever-popular raffle all help and can be great fun too.
Please take time to read this website, make a commitment and encourage your fellow members to help too.
Provincial Grand Master: C.A. Stuart Hadler
Read how the life-changing work of Masonic charities has helped Freemasons, their families and other national charities in the UK and overseas.