Local charities are seeking the public’s help as they bid for a share of a £3million cash windfall being offered by Freemasons.
Autism Plus, which has a base in Thorne, is one of the charities appealing to all its friends, supporters and service users to vote online to help them receive a £25,000 Community Award from Yorkshire West Riding Freemasons.
As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing £3million to 300 charities across the country. Autism Plus, which supports individuals who have autism, learning disabilities and mental health diagnoses, 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.
Katie Mitchell, Marketing Manager at Autism Plus, said: “A grant of £25,000 would make a huge difference to our work. I would urge anyone and everyone to go online and vote for Autism Plus. 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.
David S. Pratt, from Yorkshire West Riding Freemasons, said: “We are proud to be able to support many charities across Yorkshire, West Riding, 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.”
Another charity with a Doncaster base vying for votes is Aurora Wellbeing. The charity supports patients throughout Doncaster and Bassettlaw NHS Trust area and their families by offering a free package of treatments to those undergoing treatment for cancer. Treatments include facials, manicures and massages, relaxation classes and a counselling service.
To find out more and to vote, visit: mcf.org.uk/region/yorkshire-west-riding
The period to vote is open until Monday 31 July.