Over the last 30 years, Masonic charity has built a strong partnership with the British Red Cross, having donated over £2 million to support their work both abroad and in the UK.
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. The organisation is part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. They help vulnerable people in the UK and abroad prepare for, withstand and recover from emergencies in their own communities.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting communities affected by natural disasters, having previously made significant donations to Hurricane Matthew, the Nepal Earthquake and Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund.
A recent donation of £50,000 to the British Red Cross relief effort in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica and the Bahamas help them provide support to over 1.6 million individuals and families affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said:
“The Foundation has been particularly shocked by the adverse conditions and circumstances people have faced and we want to do everything we can to help the Red Cross’s vital work on the ground, helping individuals stay safe and rebuild their lives.”
As well as running 84 evacuation shelters, the British Red Cross had more than 500 disaster workers and 90 response vehicles ready to help in the affected countries. They had pre-positioned more than 30 truckloads of shelter supplies, ready-to-eat meals, clean-up and comfort kits.