Heartswell South West is to receive a £15,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote.
The charity was one of 8 to be nominated by Freemasons in Devon, with local people voting to decide the level of their Award. They were part of 178,801 people who voted across England and Wales.
The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.
Clem Spencer, Chairman at HeartSWell said:
“The grant of £15,000 which we have been awarded following the public vote is hugely important. We are very grateful to all of our friends who took the trouble to support us. We plan to use this money to support families living with a cardiac condition in the south west, specifically, providing essential counselling services and buying defibrillators to install in community spaces.”
The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons, their families and friends. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.
Ian Kingsbury JP from Devon Freemasons said:
“We are delighted so many people voted in Devon. Heartswell South West was one of 8 charities nominated by local Freemasons and I know they will use their fifteen thousand grant to continue with their outstanding work.”