Freemasons hand out almost £5m in funding to charities amid pandemic

The Freemasons has awarded £4.7m in Covid-related donations to charities since the pandemic began, latest figures from the organisation have revealed.

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) made the donations to relief programmes focusing on tackling homelessness, food insecurity, domestic abuse and to support communities.

Among charities to benefit is Only a Pavement Away, which provided work opportunities in the catering industry to ex-offenders, homeless people and veterans.

Another is Wales base Hope Restored, which distributes food and blankets to homeless people.

Meanwhile, funding was distributed to centres run by the charity Emmaus in locations across the South East of England.

Figures from the Freemasons show that its donations provided more than 40,000 homeless people with support as well as delivered 600 work and training opportunities.

“During these last two years, we set out to donate at least £3m to Covid-related causes and we have exceeded our expectations by donating almost £5m,” said UGLE chief executive David Staples.

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