Chapter Charities

The ME Grand Superintendent has chosen 3 Charities where our support as a Province can make a significant difference and he asks that you particularly bring these to the attention of your members. The Charities are; Teddies for Loving Care (TLC), Lifelites and Tadworth Children’s Trust.

Teddies for Loving Care Appeal:
is a Masonic initiative, its pure nature has also benefited Freemasonry, by raising the level of public awareness of the contribution made to the community by Freemasonry, a greater understanding of the principles on which Freemasonry is founded, and how those principles are exercised in the modern world. Launched in 2001 and adopted by most of the Masonic Provinces in England and Wales, the TLC Appeal has now delivered well over 1,000,000 teddies to A&E departments in hospitals throughout the country.

Not every child visiting A&E will receive a bear - the medical staff use their discretion and will give a bear to a child that is suffering particularly from trauma, injury or illness. They use the bears to befriend the children, to reward them for being brave and in some cases to demonstrate what they are going to do. Most of the money raised to fund the Appeal comes from Freemasons themselves through Chapter & Lodge donations, but we also receive some donations from grateful individuals and the sale of TLC merchandise. For further information visit www.tlcappealsurrey.org.uk

Lifelites: Through the magic of technology, Lifelites gives life-limited and disabled children in hospices opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have. Lifelites provides specialist entertainment and educational technology packages for these young people to learn, play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate for as long as it is possible.

They do this for 9,000 children at every baby and children's hospices across the British Isles. So wherever you are, there will be a Lifelites project for children near us. For further information visit www.lifelites.org

Tadworth Children’s Trust: is the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury. The Trust works with children and young people from across the country, both from their specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey, as well as local communities. Their vision is for all children with brain injury to have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

Every year over 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. This is known as acquired brain injury. Many children make a good recovery, but thousands have to live with ongoing, long-term difficulties. The Tadworth Children’s Trust’s rehabilitation, community and online services are there to support all children with acquired brain injury and their families. Thousands more children are born with brain injuries or develop severe disabilities as a result of a degenerative conditions. Their medical services and special school give children with the most complex disabilities and health needs the chance to live their lives to the full. For further information visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk



If your Chapter wishes to support any or all three Charities, please forward your cheque to the Provincial Treasurer made payable to the PCC. Once we have received a significant number of donations the Province will organise a formal cheque presentation by the ME Grand Superintendent, with a list of contributing Chapters, to each Charity. Donating Chapters will also be invited to the cheque presentations.

Should you require any further information or assistance please do not hesitate to contact Mark Watkins, the Provincial Grand Charity Steward by email: m.watkins355@btinternet.com