St. Hilary Lodge No. 3591

Masonic Charities

The three Great Principles by which Freemasons stand are Brotherly Love,Relief, and Truth. Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.


Non-Masonic grants fall within five main areas:

  • Medical research
  • Care for vulnerable people of all ages
  • Opportunities for young people
  • Support for hospices
  • Disaster relief


Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also gives large sums of money to regional causes. Nationally, our efforts are channelled through four main charity organisations.


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 The Freemasons' Grand Charity

The Freemasons' Grand Charity is a grant-making charity, working on behalf of Freemasons under the English Constitution.  It was registered in 1981 and continues a commitment to charitable support that began nearly 300 years ago in the earliest days of organised Freemasonry.  The Charity supports:

  • Freemasons and their dependants who are experiencing hardship (Masonic Relief Grants)
  • Non-Masonic charities (national charities serving England and Wales and for emergency relief work worldwide)
  • Other Masonic charities

The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and BoysRMTGB Logo

The Trust was started over 220 years ago as a provider of boarding education. Over the past two centuries the support the Trust has provided to families in need has changed constantly, evolving to meet the challenges society has posed to different generations of children.  Its principal objective, the relief of poverty has remained constant.  The Trust recognizes the impact that poverty experienced in childhood can bring in creating life-long disadvantage.  Help is provided with the cost of school trips, school uniforms or perhaps a small summer holiday grant for those families with the lowest incomes.


The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, founded in 1842 as the 'Asylum for Worthy Aged and Decayed Freemasons', seeks to offer high quality care, support and assistance to older Freemasons and their dependants.  It is committed to ensuring that the individuals' right to dignity, respect, choice and control over their own lives is upheld and maintained.

Queen Elizabeth Court, Llandudno

The RMBI currently operates 17 residential homes across England and Wales offering a range of high-quality care options, including residential and nursing care, dementia support and respite care.  It also provides support for those in difficulty but who wish to remain in their own homes.

The RMBI Home closest to the Shropshire Province is Queen Elizabeth Court, in Llandudno.

The Masonic Samaritan Fund

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 The Masonic Samaritan Fund is a grant-making charity working on behalf of Freemasons in England, Wales and overseas Districts.  It was established in 1990 to take over the role of the Samaritan Fund at the Royal Masonic Hospital.  Since the Hospital was closed and sold in 1996 it has been the only central Masonic charity that funds the provision of medical care and support.