Support Us Our Community Clubs & Groups Freemasonry Calling all Freemasons Are you a Freemason, or a member of another group? Now is the time for us to team up to support the most vulnerable children in our community. Your enthusiasm and expertise is invaluable to us! Sign up to the 'Friends of the Freemasons' newsletter The Coronavirus outbreak provided society with its most testing time since World War 2. We know that Freemasons have always been guided by their four core values of Friendship, Integrity, Charity and Respect. It is more important than ever that we all, as a society, stand firmly by these principles. We must work together to help each other and the wider community. Sign up to our 'Friends of the Freemasons' e-news bulletin to keep to date with the latest news and stories from the Richard House Masonic community. I'd like to join the mailing list Read the latest Issue Get up to date with the latest news and stories from the Masonic community with the 'Friends of the Freemasons' Annual Magazine. Get up to date with the latest news and stories from the Masonic community with the 'Friends of the Freemasons' Annual Magazine. In this year's edition, you can read about how we celebrated our 21st birthday, find out why 29 lodges supporters us plus individual spotlights on wonderful stories from across the masonic community. On behalf of all the families your support provides hospice care to, thank you. Read Issue 2 - 2022 Read Issue 1 - 2021 Register your interest in a Richard House tour We are still awaiting confirmation to be able to show small groups around the hospice, but you can add your name to the waiting list and I will get in touch when we are able to invite your group in. Join the waiting list The Mark Masons Benevolent Fund for makes a grant of £32,000 29/09/2021 Members across London and Middlesex voted for Richard House to receive a slice of a £1.25 million wider grant distributed to hospices across England and Wales in memory of HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh. Read more Portico Lodge travels virtually from Kinshasa to London during lockdown 25/07/2021 Portico Lodge No 7950 was no different, and its members used Zoom to contact one another. The Secretary, W Bro Bruce Boxall-Hunt, ran Zoom meetings to keep in contact with all its members. They started monthly meetings early in the first lockdown to provide a support network where necessary. The format of the evenings was the same throughout, an update from the secretary, a general chat and a drink, finishing with a toast to absent Brethren. Read more Freemasons from across London and Essex joined Richard House for a virtual update! 23/03/2021 Charity is at the heart of Freemasonry, and this was displayed when Freemasons from across London and Essex joined a virtual presentation by members of the Richard House Children's Hospice team that explored the impact of their support for the hospice throughout the pandemic. Read more Raise awareness in your local area There are a number of brethren already working to raise awareness in and beyond their provinces. Join them by helping to raise awareness about Richard House in one of the following ways: Make a donation, and help shape the future for children with life-limited conditions and their families Leave a bequest in your will. By leaving a gift to Richard House in your Will, you can care for future generations of children. Book a talk. We talk to groups of all sizes (virtual and in-person!) Raise a Glass in your local pub/ club Organise a Charity Golf Day Nominate us as a charity to be supported at your Lodge or Chapter Dedicate an event to raise funds and awareness for Richard House Order a box of our pin badges to share at your Lodge or Chapter Share your own story with us and help inspire others Place an advert for Richard House in your regional publications Do you have any additional ideas on how you can help? Or you’d like to be put in touch with existing volunteering brethren? Drop Chris an email at [email protected]. Request a donation from The Relief Chest Scheme The Relief Chest Scheme allows lodges, chapters, provinces and other masonic groups to save time, take control and give more to the charities they support. Purpose-built for freemasonry, the Relief Chest Scheme offers donor advised funds called Relief Chests within which donations can be securely held until you are ready to make a payment to a registered charity. Today, there are 4,840 Relief Chests holding funds which total £22.4 million. Think about Richard House, your local Children's Hospice, the next time you apply! Learn more about The Relief Chest Scheme Contact Us Can your Lodge help? Contact us to find out just what we need to achieve our ambitious programme. Richard House is London's first Children's Hospice. Whatever your capacity to give, support or raise awareness, we have the most comprehensive plan to help seriously ill children across our community and we want to hear from you and how you can be a part of the journey! Contact us to learn more.