Island Freemasons give more than £60,000 to charity

Isle of Wight Freemasons handed over cheques to representatives of local charities at an event attended by local dignitaries.

The presentation evening held at the Cowes Masonic Hall also allowed the charities to speak about the work they do.
The Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff and the Vice Chair of the Isle of Wight Council were all present to see the cheques being handed over. The total amount donated by the Island Freemasons during 2022 was £62,000.

Adrian Cleightonhills, who heads up the Solent Area for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons, welcomed everyone and outlined the role Freemasonry plays in supporting good causes in their communities.

Mrs Dawn Haig-Thomas, The High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, speaking to those attending the event, said: “I have learned so much about the work you do and the generosity of the Island Freemasons.

“This event has worked so well having all recipients explain who they are and what they do.”

There are some 900 Freemasons meeting in 18 lodges at eight centres across the Island.

Kindness and charitable giving have long been deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry.

Adrian Cleightonhills, who lives on the Island, added: “Freemasons are very much part of the Island’s close-knit community to which they make such an important contribution.

“I’m very proud of our members and lodges who have been able to help so many of our local charities. Isle of Wight Freemasons donated £62,000 to Island charities in 2022.”

Charities that benefited included; Ryde Sea Cadets, Mountbatten Hospice, Sandown and Shanklin lifeboat, Vectis Brass Band, IoW Defibrillators, IoW Community Heart Failure Unit, Men Only Ryde, and Home Start IoW.