Local charities from across West Wales will be sharing £150,000 from the Freemasons, who are celebrating their 300th anniversary.
More than 30 charities are benefiting, including the MacMillan Nurses, the Llanelli Talking Newspaper and the Carmarthen Youth Project.
The grants range from £600 - £10,000, and will include the announcement of the West Wales nominations for the England and Wales Community Awards. These four charities will divide £50,000 between them, but the size of the individual awards will depend on a public vote.
There will also be the announcement of the presentation of a £56,000 new ambulance to St John Ambulance, which will be handed over at a special service to celebrate the Tercentenary of Freemasonry at St David’s Cathedral in July.
Stephen Hookey, Head of West Wales Freemasons, said:
“Charity has always been at the heart of Freemasonry and I’m delighted that we can celebrate our 300th anniversary by making donations to these outstanding organisations that do so much to help local people.”
Provincial Tercentenary Grants: £600 each
The H.O.P.E. MS Therapy Centre – Neyland, Pembrokeshire Young Carers, Special Needs Assessment Playgroup (Haverfordwest), Myrddin Special Unit, South West Wales branch of MND Association (Motor Neurone Disease), Pembrokeshire Riding for the Disabled Association, The Care Society, Tenby Museum, Pembs Cancer Support Group, Blood Bike Wales, Fishguard Flyers Swimming Club, Llanelli Talking Newspaper, Pembs Special Needs Gymnastics Club, Fishguard & District Stroke Club, Cardigan Oxygen Therapy Centre, Lampeter Family Centre, LATCH, League of Friends – Glangwili Hospital (Specifically towards Oncology dept), Calonnau Cymru, Luke Somerfield Memorial Trust, Paul Sartori Foundation, Cymdeithas Ceredigion i’r Deillion – Cardiganshire Assoc’n for the Blind, Wales Air Ambulance, Cariad Defibrillators, Ski 4 All Wales
PGM Tercentenary Awards: £10,000 each
Macmillan Nurses, Marie Curie, Paul Sartori Foundation
MCF Community Awards: Share £50,000 decided by a public vote
HOPE, Carmarthen Youth Project, HUTS, Welsh Hearts
Major MCF Grants: £56,000 – new ambulance for Haverfordwest
St Johns Ambulance