PGL of Mark Master Masons of Kent

Mark Benevolent Fund 2020 Festival

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent is privileged to have been chosen to host the Mark Benevolent Fund 2020 Festival.

 As explained on the Mark Masons’ Hall website: The Mark Benevolent Fund is a registered charity (no. 207610) and came into existence in 1868 on the suggestion of the Reverend George Raymond Portal, Grand Master of the Mark. His views on charity were far more radical and progressive than the general thinking of the time. He felt that for charity to be effective it had to be disbursed swiftly and without the bureaucratic formalities of other Masonic charities. To him it was wrong for there to be any delay in providing assistance to those in need and his own Latin tag “Bis dat qui cito dat” – he gives twice who gives promptly – became, and still is, the principal guideline of the M.B.F. 

The Fund has disbursed many millions to individual petitioners and an even greater sum in grants to charities within the wider community. A major grant of £1.6m has been made to the RNLI help fund a new life boat, Addenbrooke’s Hospital Trust received over £2m for machines to help in the diagnosis of prostate cancer and a pledge of £2.6 million has been made to Hope for Tomorrow Cancer Charity for the purchase of mobile chemotherapy units throughout the UK. These projects can only be funded with your help and dedication to the fund.

In 2018, the pledge to the Hope for Tomorrow charity will have been delivered. The Mark benevolent Fund will then be supporting the St John’s Ambulance. As explained on the website of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons: The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons and the Mark Benevolent Fund are proud to have a longstanding relationship with the Order of St John and St John Ambulance. At the turn of the Millennium, the fund provided a significant contribution to help replace the organisation’s fleet of ambulance vehicles. These vehicles have served beyond the call of duty over the last 17 years however, technology and innovation in the world of medical health care has progressed at a phenomenal pace during this time. Once again the Mark Benevolent Fund has joined in partnership with the charity and pledged £3,023,700 enabling a two year programme providing up to 52 replacement state of the art ambulances and support vehicles. Local communities around the country will continue to benefit from the services of St John Ambulance who can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. This latest donation from the Mark Benevolent Fund marks the 140th anniversary of St John Ambulance in 2017 and the 150th anniversary of the Mark Benevolent Fund in 2018.

All donations will be credited to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent Relief Chest (MMM2079.)


For any queries regarding the Festival,please contact the Provincial Charity Steward, W Bro Brian Ward:

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