We need your votes to receive £25,000 from Devon Freemasons

Heartswell South West is appealing to all its friends, supporters and service users to vote online to help them receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons.

As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, and Heartswell is one of those selected.

Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000. Those who want to vote should visit the MCF website mcf.org.uk/vote, select the Devon page and vote for the charity of their choice. The voting period is from Monday, 12 June until Monday, 31 July.

Clem Spencer, Chairman at Heartswell South West said “A grant of £25,000 would make a huge difference to our work in helping to save and improve the lives of those living with a cardiac condition in the south west.   I would urge anyone and everyone to go online and vote for Heartswell South West.  Please remember that every single vote counts.”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons and their families.  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 from Devon Freemasons said: “We are proud to be able to support many charities across Devon, but in this special 300th anniversary year we want to involve the public, as well as local Freemasons, in deciding which of the nominated charities should benefit most. I urge everyone to visit the website and vote.”

To vote for Heartswell to win up to £25,000, visit mcf.org.uk/vote



Notes to Editors:

Heartswell South West

Blunts Lane, Derriford, Plymouth, PL6 8BE

Tel: 01752 315929

Email: rachel@heartswell.org.uk

Full details of the 2017 Community Awards – Tercentenary Fund scheme can be found at mcf.org.uk/vote

Contact: Rachel Rainbird

About Heartswell South West

Heartswell is a local heart charity, based in Plymouth, supporting heart patients, their partners and carers across the Westcountry. Located near Derriford Hospital, the charity raises funding to enable them to provide lifesaving equipment such as Defibrillators to local businesses as well as fund specialist counselling services at Derriford and across the region.

About the Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief.  In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.

As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Masonic families with a financial, health or family need. Visit www.mcf.org.uk

For further information about the Masonic Charitable Foundation, please contact Guy Roberts, Press Officer (groberts@mcf.org.uk / 020 3146 3311)

About the United Grand Lodge of England

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands (plus a number of Districts and groups overseas), formed in 1717 and has a membership of over 200,000.

UGLE will celebrate its official 300th anniversary on 24 June 2017, marking the date that four London Lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard and declared themselves the world’s first Grand Lodge.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations, and its symbolic origin lies in stonemasonry.

Visit www.ugle.org.uk for further information.

Freemasonry has recently been the subject of a major documentary by Sky TV, Inside the Freemasons. A clip can be viewed here.