Your votes the key to hand­ing out char­ity cash gifts

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

AN ON­LINE pub­lic vote is be­ing held to de­cide which lo­cal char­i­ties in West Lan­cashire will re­ceive up to £25,000 each, as part of Freema­sonry’s 300th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

Freema­sons have nom­i­nated eight good causes to re­ceive West Lan­cashire’s share of a spe­cial £3m Com­mu­nity Awards Ter­cente­nary Fund.

The char­i­ties that West Lan­cashire has se­lected for the pub­lic vote are:

Sur­vivors of Be­reave­ment by Suicide (Leigh);

War­grave House School and Col­lege (New­ton-leWil­lows);

Sefton Women’s and Chil­dren’s Aid; Sal­ford Women’s Aid; Head­way (Black­pool, Wyre & Fylde);

St He­lens Car­ers Cen­tre;

Sefton Chil­dren’s Trust;

League of Well­do­ers (Liver­pool).

Any­one who wishes to vote for one of the nom­i­nated char­i­ties should visit mcf.org.uk/vote, se­lect the West Lan­cashire page and vote for the char­ity of their choice.

All the nom­i­nated char­i­ties are guar­an­teed to re­ceive a grant, but the pub­lic vote will de­ter­mine the amount from £4,000, up to £25,000.

Vot­ing opened on Mon­day, and closes on Mon­day, July 31.

The re­sults will be an­nounced in Au­gust.

The £3m fund, which is be­ing dis­trib­uted to mark the 300th an­niver­sary of the for­ma­tion of the first Grand Lodge, in 1717, is be­ing ad­min­is­tered by the Ma­sonic Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion and will be dis­trib­uted to 300 char­i­ties around the coun­try.

The Ma­sonic Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion re­ceives all of its fund­ing from Freema­sons and their fam­i­lies.

It is es­ti­mated that half of Freema­sonry’s to­tal char­i­ta­ble ex­pen­di­ture of more than £33m goes to char­i­ties that help peo­ple in com­mu­ni­ties around the coun­try.

Tony Har­ri­son, from West Lan­cashire Freema­sons, said: “We are de­lighted to be able to in­vite the whole com­mu­nity to join our 300th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions by help­ing us to de­cide which of these ex­cel­lent lo­cal char­i­ties should re­ceive the high­est award.

“Ev­ery vote counts, so I en­cour­age ev­ery­one from West Lan­cashire to visit the web­site and take part.”

To vote for your favourite char­ity in West Lan­cashire to win up to £25,000, visit mcf.org.uk/vote

Pupils at War­grave House School and Col­lege in New­ton-le-Wil­lows are in the run­ning for a do­na­tion of up to £25,000 from the Freema­sons

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