At the start of 2022, the Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund donated over £12,500 to local organisations and individuals.
The Buckinghamshire Masonic Centenary Fund was established in 1991 to aid non-Masonic charitable causes with strong Buckinghamshire connections. The Fund makes donations to these causes on behalf of the 3000 Buckinghamshire Freemasons, the sole source of its financial support.
The Getaway Foundation was one organisation that benefited from the grant. The donation enabled them to assist in transportation costs for families that do not have access to a car to take life-changing holidays by the sea.
The Trustees and founders set up the charity in January 2020 to relieve the needs of economically and socially disadvantaged families. The provision of grants of financial assistance to enable them to experience family holidays and other shared recreational activities that they could not otherwise afford in the interests of social welfare and to improve their conditions of life.
In the last twelve months, with the help of the Buckinghamshire Freemasons, they have provided over 40 coastal holidays for families referred to the charity by social services. 25% of these families had never visited the seaside before and enjoyed swimming in the sea, discovering rock pools for the first time through the work of this charity.
Peter Tebbutt, CEO of the charity, explained that 9 out of 10 people that went on the holidays were still seeing the benefits twelve months later. Their family relationships were better, and day-to-day conversations had improved also.
We will leave the last words to these happy families:
• “We had so much fun. My best memory was building a moat in the sand with my son to stop the water from escaping, finding fish with the children and just having fun on the beach.”
• “Spending time together and the added benefit of being able to let my daughters do activities on site that otherwise might not have been financially possible.”
You can find out more about this fantastic charity here: https://www.thegetawayfoundation.com/