Freemasonry is charitable organisation and one of its main aims is to raise money for good causes. As an organisation we raise millions of pounds for worthy causes, locally, nationally and internationally.

Kindness has always been a core principle of Freemasonry. Individuals give time and money to help others. It may be realising a dream for a member’s child, caring for older Freemasons, volunteering on a local community project, making donations to other UK charities or responding to an international disaster appeal.


We support local causes

They say that charity begins at home and in our case this means supporting good causes near to us. In the Masonic Hall in Herstmonceux the members of the Michelham Priory Lodge do their best to support local charities and good causes, including:

  • St. Wilfrid’s Hospice
  • Demelza
  • 1st Herstmonceux Scout Group
  • Demelza Children’s Hospice
  • The Chalk Farm Disability Learning Centre
  • Eastbourne Food Bank
  • British Legion (Reef)
  • Viewcraft
  • Sussex Girl Guides
  • Soldiers Charity
  • Children with cancer
  • The village health centre's new ECG machine
  • Wealden Talking Pages
  • You Raise Me Up
  • Herons Ghyll RDA Carriage Driving


National and Other Charities

  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Friends of Barford Court
  • Eastbourne Masonic Widows
  • The Masonic Trout & Salmon Fishing


We can help you

If you manage a local charity and you are looking for assistance, then perhaps we can help.

For more information please contact our Charity Steward by going to our contacts page.


Wider Charitable Grants

With grants totalling over £9 million in 2020, we help thousands of charities, hospices, and disadvantaged and vulnerable people.

Over the last forty years, we have provided over £130 million to charities. The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s (MCF) work is funded solely through the generous donations of Freemasons under the United Grand Lodge of England, their families and friends.

Contrary to popular belief, one does not have to be a Freemason to benefit from Masonic charity, the Freemasons are the second largest provider of funds to charity, only the National Lottery donates more.

Charities the MCF have supported near us:

  • Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SABAH)
  • Age UK East Sussex
  • Headway East Sussex
  • Demelza Hospice Care for Children
  • St Wilfrid's Hospice, Eastbourne


What is the Masonic Charitable Foundation?

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community.

The MCF is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country supporting Freemasons and their families as well as charities across England and Wales.


Where does the Foundation get its money from?

The MCF’s work is funded solely through the generous donations of Freemasons under the United Grand Lodge of England, their families and friends.


Where can you find out more?

If you want to know more about Freemasons and our charitable giving, go to the The United Grand Lodge of England website or to the Masonic Charitable Foundation website.