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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire

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Stirlingshire's Charitable Donations

The Grand Lodge of Scotland celebrated its’ 275th Anniversary in 2011 having been founded in 1736. It adopted the slogan ”Scottish Freemasons Caring and Sharing – Celebrating 2011 by Helping Others”.

As part of that celebration Grand Lodge released £275,000.00 to be disbursed to Provincial and District Grand Lodges under its umbrella throughout the world. The Province of Stirlingshire was awarded £6,389.00 from that sum. Provincial Grand Lodge decided that this sum be divided equally between the five main Charities it had supported in 2011.

These charities were:-

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Kidney Kids Scotland - Kidney Kids Scotland was founded in 2000 to help Scottish children with renal and urology problems and their families. The charity does its utmost to support these families in any way that it can. This can often just be a listening ear or putting them in contact with another family with similar problems or giving them much needed financial help. Kidney Kids Scotland provides support to hospitals all over Scotland supplying them with machinery and funding for essential posts.

Edited Response

Many thanks for putting your article in about Kidney Kids Scotland. On behalf of Kidney Kids Scotland I would like to say how grateful we are for the support given by yourselves and to assure you that this donation will go in full towards our next project.

Sheena Dunsmore (Mrs)
Kidney Kids Scotland


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Action for Children Scotland (Tayavalla House, Camelon) - Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK's most vulnerable and neglected children and young people, for as long as it takes to make a difference in their lives...

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‘Tayavalla provides residential short breaks and support to disabled children and their families with the Forth Valley area. The donation received shall provide specialist equipment, improve facilities at the home and provide children with new social and leisure experiences within their local community. It is through the support of community groups that we are able to provide a quality service to children and their families and the on going support from the Provincial Grand Lodge is very much appreciated by everyone at the service.’     

I always feel it is important to let people know that the money being donated will be used directly to support the children at the project.   

Once again thanks for your on going support and best wishes for the future.

James Crossley
Service Manager
Action for Children



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Crossroads Care Scotland (Falkirk) - the national charity dedicated to the provision of short breaks for carers within their own homes. Established in 1978, they have services throughout Scotland providing practical support for carers of all ages. Caring at home for someone who is perhaps elderly, suffering from illness or living with a disability can be highly rewarding but hugely challenging. It is all too easy for the carer to become ill as a direct result of the stresses of caring - often leading to hospitalisation of the carer and the cared for person. Crossroads can help - by taking over the caring responsibilities for a short period allowing the carer to take time to themselves.

Edited Response

I attended the presentation ceremony with Morven Mack and, as I have only recently started working with Crossroads Scotland, it was an ideal opportunity to find out about the work you do and I enjoyed meeting everyone including the representatives from other organisations. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your very generous donation to our service.  This will enable us to provide additional support for carers and will be used to provide extra support to those who need it most.

Morag Spence
Service Manager
Crossroads Caring Scotland
Falkirk Branch


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Erskine Homes - Founded in 1916, Erskine has provided nursing and medical care for members of our Armed Forces ever since - rebuilding shattered lives and providing first class care. Every year over 1300 ex-Service and Serving people throughout Scotland benefit from Erskine's help. But we can only provide this high quality care with your help.



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Strathcarron Hospice - cares for people with illnesses that cannot be cured including cancer, respiratory and heart conditions and neurological diseases.  They are a charity providing specialist palliative care free of charge to people in NHS Forth Valley, and to Cumbernauld and Kilsyth in NHS Lanarkshire. Their care is provided wherever it is needed. This may be within the hospice in Denny, but also in patients’ homes, in the local hospital Forth Valley Royal Hospital, care homes and community hospital settings. Care is also extended to families and carers.

Edited Response

The donation was really helpful and most generous and will enable us to purchase a much needed specialist bed and some new pressure relieving mattresses for our ward.

Thank you once again for your support.

With best wishes
Irene Mckie
Chief Executive

Brother Andrew A. McKinnon, RWPGM, made the presentations to the various charities on Saturday 24th March in Lodge St. Andrew (Denny & Loanhead) No. 176.

Between them the 23 Lodges in the Province of Stirlingshire donated £17, 487.00 to local and national Charities and good local causes in 2011.

In addition the Provincial Grand Lodge of Stirlingshire organised a Reigning Masters Degree, Golf Competition, Fishing Competition and Bowls Competition so amassing the sum of £8,800.00 .

It can readily be seen that between the Grand Lodges donation of £6,389.00, Provincial Grand Lodges various donations of £8,800.00 and its’ Daughter Lodges various donations of £17,487.00 making a total donation to Charity and good causes throughout 2011 of £32,676.56.

The RWPGM thanks you all for your magnificent effort.

5 Charities Presentation

Pictured above are members of PGL and representatives of the five charities to which PGL
have donated to over 2011. The RWPGM Brother Andy McKinnon is holding a symbolic cheque
for £15,189.00 being the total amount donated.

Kidney Kids Scotland

Action for Children Scotland

Crossroads Care Scotland
Sheena Dunsmore from Kidney Kids
Scotland (Stenhousemuir)

James Crossley from Action for Children
Scotland (Tayavalla House, Camelon)

Morven Mack and colleague from
CrossroadsCare Scotland (Falkirk)

Erskine Homes

Strathcarron Hospice

Allan Moss from Erskine Homes

James Brown from Strathcarron Hospice


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