The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Masonic Grand Charity was founded in 1985 by the then Provincial Grand Master, the Right Worshipful Brother, Col. Thomas Bennett Langton. It is usually known as The Tom Langton Fund and since its inception has approved grants of over £850,000 to small charities and worthy causes throughout the Province.
Its aim from the beginning was to create contacts between lodges and the general public by supporting non-Masonic causes. The ideal beneficiaries are small self-help groups with limited resources, especially those whose activities involve children and less able-bodied people, where a grant would make a significant difference to their work and success.
Referrals come from lodge charity stewards to one of 12 charity representatives in the Province who investigate and report to the approval committee.