Dear West Kent Freemasons
15 April 2020
Your Province is currently supporting the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) through its Festival Appeal and this support, through the generous donations of the members in your Province is vital if the MCF is to continue to provide the necessary grants, donations and resources to the countless members of our masonic family, charities both local and national and medical research projects that we care about.
We are now faced with an even bigger call on our services. In addition to support that the MCF is already providing to members of the masonic community through these difficult times, the MCF have already committed an additional £2,250,000 to provide funding to help combat the effects of Covid-19. This funding will provide additional support to masonic and non-masonic projects, organisations and charities that are on the front line of this emergency.
This is funding over and above the support that the MCF already provides through its existing charity grants and masonic support programs, and that is why during these extraordinary times extraordinary efforts are required from everyone.
The MCF are therefore keen for the members in your Province to continue supporting your Festival Appeal as they have been doing to such great effect. However, we are also asking your members to consider making that little extra donation so that Freemasonry can do a lot more to help those most in need. By supporting the UGLE appeal to raise funds through a special Covid-19 Relief Chest and to acknowledge that your members have made that additional donation, the MCF will match, pound for pound, those donations made (up to £1million).
Both UGLE and the MCF appreciate any additional donations that your members make, and as a further way of acknowledging that they are increasing their support, the MCF will ensure that these additional donations will be recorded against your Festival Provincial total and their own Lodge and individual totals.
We want every Freemason to take part in this appeal and we want to ensure that we can provide funding at the very heart of this national fight against Covid-19. We also want to thank and acknowledge every member of your Province for continuing with the regular giving to your Festival Appeal and especially for the extra donations that they will make towards this emergency appeal.
You will have seen the details of how to support the Covid-19 appeal but I have listed below those details again.
In the meantime, keep well and stay safe.
Paul Crockett MInstF(Cert)
DONATING TO THE MASONIC COVID19 APPEAL
Online: Visit www.mcf.org.uk/covid19appeal
Click on “Donate” and fill in the simple online donation form.
Relief Chest: USE A GREEN RELIEF CHEST FORM
Write MASONIC COVID19 APPEAL as the Charity name. Write the Appeal's Relief Chest no. COVID19 as the registered no. Send the Green voucher to the Relief Chest team.
By Text: To donate £5 text COVID19 to 70500
Follow the link in the text reply and complete your details and the Lodge/Chapter to be credited. (Donors will receive a follow up text asking them to follow a process to allow gift aid to be applied to their donation. Members are encouraged to respond to this text as this will also allow for the donation to be credited to the individual, Lodge and Province)
Post: Credit Card Form: Download the Credit/Debit Card Donation Form at www.mcf.org.uk/covid19appeal and send it to the Relief Chest team.
By Cheque: Complete a Single Donation Form available at www.mcf.org.uk/covid19appeal
Make your cheque payable to “Relief Chest Scheme”. Tick the Gift Aid declaration if applicable and date the form. Send form and cheque to the Relief Chest team.
Telephone: To make a donation call our dedicated line on 020 3146 3352 (open Monday-Thursday 9.30am-4.30pm, Friday 9.30am- 3.30pm).
Fundraise: Visit www.mcf.org.uk/covid19appeal
Click on “Start Fundraising” and create an account. Follow the instructions and fill in details of your sponsored event and your goal amount, save the page, share with friends and family and start fundraising. You can log in and make updates and changes to your page, upload progress photos and your donors can Gift Aid any donation they make.