2020 Festival Target
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland 2020 Festival is in aid of Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, RMBI. The RMBI, was one of four central masonic charities, namely The Grand Charity, Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, Masonic Samaritan Fund and the RMBI, which have now been amalgamated into a single united charity, Masonic Charitable Foundation.
By working together as a team, we can meet our 2020 challenge by promoting the benefits of RMBI and encouraging our members to support the Festival’s two objectives. First to raise money for the Festival Fund and secondly, to raise the profile of the RMBI in Northumberland so that Freemasons and their families may enjoy the assistance it offers in the future.
What does the RMBI do?
The RMBI cares for older Freemasons and their families as well as some people in the community. Caring has been their way of life since 1842 and they provide a home for over 1,000 people across England and Wales – while supporting many more.
What makes the RMBI different from other care providers in the public and private sector?
The high standards of accommodation and care are closely monitored. Residents also enjoy an affinity with each other from their masonic association. Residents who choose an RMBI Home have the security of knowing that they have a home for life regardless of any change in their financial circumstances, as long as the RMBI can cater for their particular care needs.
Why should I support the Festival?
Unlike the majority of non-masonic charities that receive donations from the wider public, the RMBI is solely dependent upon donations from Freemasons, particularly through Festival appeals. The money raised from Festivals enables the RMBI to provide residents with a home for life.
RMBI is right here in Northumberland! Scarborough Court is a local example of the outstanding work this charity does every day.
How can help?
If each Northumberland mason contributes just £300 over the Festival period, with Gift Aid Tax relief and other fundraising events, together we will smash this target.
To recognise the levels of commitment to the Festival we have a Festival 2020 Commemerative Jewel which will be awarded to Freemasons for their generous contributions.
The funds raised will enable the RMBI to continue their vital work in delivering the highest standards of care to over 1,000 residents in its Homes and continue to expand its range of services provided.
So how are we doing so far?
A tremendous effort so far from the Freemasons of Northumberland means we are now over half way to reaching our target for our 2020 Festival and with just over two years to go we are ahead of schedule, which is great news.