The Masonic Charitable Awards Vote Results

Masonic Charitable FoundationThe votes are in!

We are delighted to announce that:

white-lodge-centre-logoWhite Lodge Centre will receive £25,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

White Lodge Centre provides life changing services and supports 2,500 disabled children, young people, adults, their families and carers.

There is a shortage in statutory funding of £500,000 each year which we fund raise for in a variety of ways.

To receive £25,000 from the Masonic Charitable Fund greatly helps us continue to provide these popular services to the highest possible standards.

The funds will help support our much needed hydropool where over 430 children and adults a year benefit from the pain relief, limb relaxation,comfort and freedom this provides.

The funds will also help support our unique “Little Stars” baby and toddler group, a place where everyone is made welcome when in other groups they feel they are not.

The money will also assist our nursery, a unique and OFSTED rated “Outstanding” nursery that has specialist rooms, equipment and personnel to support children under 5 with physical disabilities.

Our adult centre will also benefit, this amazing space provides a plethora of leisure and lifestyle opportunities for disabled adults and the money will help provide resources for the continually changing range of activities we offer.

The £25,000 means so much and will do so much good for all those who depend upon our life changing services.


Yorda Adventures MCF DonationYorda Adventurers will receive £15,000

 Yorda Adventures provide much needed support to children with severe learning disabilities in Kingston upon Thames.

We reach 100 + families in the area through after school club, playscheme, overnight stays and family days.

Children are aged 3 – 19yrs old

The majority of children have little to no verbal communication skills.

All disabilities are catered for including Downs Syndrome, Cerebal Palsy, Angelman’s Syndrome and Autism. This means we have a wide level of needs from physical to behavioural to plan and cater for.

Having been established since 2006 we have a decades worth of experience for what our families need and want from the break they need for their children.

We understand that it’s really hard to entrust your child into someone else’s care especially when they can’t tell you how their day has been. So we work really hard to ensure parents can feel safe with us and therefore can relax when they have a break – this parents tell us is very rare….

Our children need full support from a one to one play-worker in order to help with their day to day tasks of feeding, going to the toilet, understanding danger around them, interacting with peers and communicating their needs.

This need for high supervision makes up the majority of our project budgeting.

We have recently taken on the lease of a previously used council building to host all our projects. This is a very exciting step for us in our future as it allows us to grow capacity on our projects and help so many more families and their amazing children.

We are therefore so delighted to be nominated for the Masonic Community Awards initiative.

The Award of £15,000 will provide a massive boost for our acitivites, enabling us to achieve this growth in capacity and help even more families and their amazing children.

Thank you Masonic Charitable Foundation and thank you Surrey Freemasons.


The Diamond Centre for Disabled RidersThe Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders will receive £15,000.

“Our riders, volunteers and staff at the Diamond Centre are delighted to have been selected as one of the charities to benefit from the Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Awards Tercentenary Fund and even more amazed to have received £15,000 of valuable funding through this initiative.

The Diamond Centre is one of the largest purpose built centres of its kind in the UK and we have unique facilities for up to 360 disabled children and adults each week to enjoy therapeutic and recreational benefits of horse riding and carriage driving.

It costs over £320,000 each year just to run the Centre. Our aim is to keep our riding fees affordable for our disabled riders and therefore our rides are heavily subsidised.

We do not receive government or health service or local authority funding so we have to rely solely on our modest riding fees, donations, legacies and fundraising events in order to survive. Despite our size, we are still a local charity and we rely on help from the community.

We really appreciate the support we have received from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Surrey and the donations we have received from local masonic lodges.

Over the years this funding has helped in a number of ways including the purchase of special equipment for our disabled riders; subsidising some of our specialised riding lessons and training; and sponsoring our horses

It is an honour to have been nominated for this award and good to know that we can rely on Surrey Freemasonry to support Diamond

Steve Axon 

Chairman of Trustees

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders 


The Grange will receive £6,000

The Grange in Bookham supports around 100 adults with disabilities to live as independently as possible and to have a fulfilled and happy life.

We are a charity, a housing association and a registered care provider so we can provide high-quality accommodation, care and support in a person-centred way.

Most people come to The Grange after college but there is no upper age limit.

People we support at The Grange include those with learning and physical disabilities, such as Down’s Syndrome, autistism, severe epilepsy, Fragile X, restricted mobility and communication difficulties.

We are unique in the Surrey area as we can offer a wide range of services all on one site. People can either live in our accommodation or come in on a day-basis to access skills and activities sessions, depending on their needs.

Our beautiful 8-acre site boasts a sensory garden, Victorian Walled garden, Horticulture centre and shop, Woodwork cabin, Catering kitchen, Hydrotherapy pool, Creative Arts & Textile studio, Karten CTEC Centre, Communications programme (including Makaton) and a healthy eating and fitness programme.

We offer:

  • Residential Care – 24/7 support and personal care for those with higher needs
  • Supported Living – both on and offsite and in people’s own homes 
  • Skills & Activities – a wide programme of skills learning and leisure
  • Work Experience and Mini enterprise


The Meath Epilepsy Charity SurreyMeath will receive £6,000

If you or someone you care for is living with complex epilepsy, then we are here to help.

We offer a range of accommodation and support services to enable you to live safely and to work towards gaining more independence in your day to day life.

You will find the Meath really welcoming – everybody does! There is always lots going on, yet you can always find a quiet place to sit and gather your thoughts.

The gardens are beautiful and one big advantage is that we’re not far from anywhere. The town of Godalming is only five minutes’ walking distance away and we are situated right next to the railway station, although you’d never know it.

Many of our clients have learning or physical disabilities in addition to their epilepsy.

Whatever challenges you face, our friendly and highly professional staff teams are here to provide assistance completely designed around you and your personal needs and health requirements.

The lifestyle you wish for yourself is the one we will help you to achieve, and the flexibility built into each and every one of our services means that we can respond quickly and easily to your changing circumstances.

What we do promise you is an environment that aims to inspire and empower you.

We will help you gain as much control over your life as possible and this includes having input into decisions affecting the overall running of the organisation, both through the Resident Forums, regular house meetings and representation at Trustee Board meetings.


MERU will receive £4,000

The nomination has meant a lot to us.

We have been sharing it on social media and everywhere we go and we have been receiving some fantastic support from the public and Freemasons we meet at these events.

CEO, Karen Deacon.

“The Bugzi makes a huge difference in the lives of their young drivers and their families.  It means independent movement, often for the first time, and then they can explore their world.  We are so pleased to be working with the Masonic Charitable Foundation and Surrey Freemasons again to make more Bugzis to help more families.”

Quote from a Bugzi driver’s parent.  Daisy May is the little girl knocking over the blocks.

“With the Bugzi, Daisy May can get around at home and play with her sisters.  It gives her confidence and she’s learning so many new things”

Alison Smith (née Gilhespie)

Trust Fundraising Manager

Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People.


Epsom and Ewell PhabPHAB will receive £4,000

This Award from the Masonic Charitable Foundation  will make a real difference to Phab’s work with children, young people and adults with disabilities.

Children and young people, many away from home for the first time, will be able to attend Phab’s very special holiday projects at fully accessible outdoor activity centres in the New Forest and Lake District, taking on exciting and challenging activities they never thought would be possible for them to achieve, from reaching the treetops in their wheelchair or canoeing, to coming down the zip wire or toasting marshmallows around the camp fire – building the children’s self- esteem, confidence and independence whilst they just have great fun together.

Charlie age 14 said “I never thought I would be able to climb but I can.”  “Holly came down the zip wire along with her oxygen cylinders strapped to the back of her harness – what an achievement!”

And local Phab clubs for people of all ages provide regular social and sporting activities, making a real difference to the lives of members and their families week in and week out.  This is what some members have said:

Before I joined Phab I was lonely and now I have met lots of new friends.”,  “My daughter doesn’t get to go out to play with the local children and doesn’t get invited to many parties – but all of these things she enjoys at Phab.”, “What a difference Phab makes to my son’s life.”

With many thanks to Surrey Freemasonry and everyone who has voted to support Phab!


The Fircroft Trust SurreyThe Fircroft Trust will receive £4,000

 This Award from the Masonic Charitable Foundation will make a significant impact on our work and those we support.

The Fircroft Trust is a local charity working in Kingston upon Thames with adults living in the community with mental health problems and/or learning disabilities.

Since registration in 1990, our charity has developed and now provides:

A Resource Centre for over 90 adults who live in the local community facing mental health issues.

This is a centre-based service in Kingston upon Thames, which provides a range of activities designed to support our service users to manage their illness, learn new skills and improve their quality of life.

Fircroft provides Residential Care for 8 adults with complex needs and Supported Living for 15 tenants at Firs Court in Chessington.

Firs Court is a state-of-the-art complex which has allowed us to reach our vision to provide lifelong homes for adults with learning disabilities.

Aims and Objectives

Our aims are:

  • To support adults to cope more effectively with their mental health issues.
  • To support people in their personal growth and development.
  • To work closely with other service providers and the community mental health teams.
  • To support individual needs through a key-working system.
  • To provide equal access to all people with mental health needs in our community, regardless of race, gender sexual orientation and disability, free from discrimination and reflecting the diversity, culture and background of our community.

We will strive towards:

  • Ensuring that our services are accessible on an equal basis to meet individual needs.
  • Respecting the rights, responsibilities and wishes of each individual.
  • Promoting self-determination through informed choice and involvement in decision-making.


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