Manchester’s Felicity Lodge help raise much needed cash & goods
Though our meetings may be suspended Manchester Masons continue to support charitable causes and local communities. Remaining conscious that COVID-19 may have long-standing impacts, many within our organisations have got together to discuss what can be done to support those with the most need.
Felicity Lodge (#4365 of Bridge Street Manchester) held an “E-Meeting” in April to discuss what they could do to help. With the support of their Worshipful Master, W Bro John Slater, the Brethren of Felicity Lodge decided that they would raise money to purchase and donate food to a local Food Bank. Within 14 days of the plan’s inception the members had raised £350 – Whilst the members of Felicity Lodge were extremely gratified by their efforts and, just as they thought it could not get any better, W Bro Garry Errock of The Chapter of Virtue contacted the lodge to confirm that their members would like to support – this raised the collection to an astounding £500.
With such a large amount raised it was decided that two Food Banks, the “Middleton Food Bank” and “Manchester Central Food Bank”, could be supported with both Food and a Charitable Donation. Special thanks go to Bro Sonny Welsh and Bro Anthony Barnes of Felicity Lodge who offered to fill their cars to capacity and deliver to both.
The First stop for Bro Welsh and Barnes was the Manchester Food Bank. The Manchester Food Bank supports the outer limits of the centre of Manchester. Their shelves are filled and emptied each week supporting some 300 families in the local area. The second stop was at the Middleton Food Bank which provides essential support to a number of family’s in Middleton and the local area.
On arrival, volunteers helped the Brethern unload their cars before providing Brothers Welsh and Barnes a tour of the ‘set-up’ – both were impressed by the dedication and organisation of the Food Banks. Both Food Banks were grateful for the support, Brothers Welsh and Barnes helped the Volunteers to stock their shelves before presenting them both with a cheque for £135.
Thanks go to Felicity Lodge and The Chapter of Virtue for their fundraising efforts. Special thanks are reserved for Bro Sonny Welsh for leading the initiative, Bro Anthony Barnes for his support in sourcing the donations and transport on the day and W Bro Garry Errock for his support and administration of the Chapter of Virtue’s donation.
Manchester Masons thanks the hard work and dedication of the Food Banks and it’s volunteers. As noted by the Brethren, the organisations provide such an essential service to many within the local community.