Children’s bereavement support service boosted by Cambridgeshire Freemasons


Cambridgeshire Freemasons donation to Ormiston Families

It was the bereavement support staff from the Ormiston Families themselves receiving the support this month when they received a donation of £600 from Freemasons in Cambridge. The Stars Children’s Bereavement Support Service offers specialist support and counselling to children and young people in Cambridgeshire finding it difficult to cope with the loss of someone significant in their life. Their services have been in especially high demand since the pandemic with some of their services having grown up to 35% over the last year and a number of them now with waiting lists.

The members of The Cantabrigia Lodge in Cambridge made the donation in conjunction with fund matching from the City & University of Cambridge Masonic Charitable Trust. This followed an appeal made by one of the members who, as a teacher, witnessed first-hand the impact that childhood bereavement can have on their education and the transformative work that the charity provides in supporting children and young people towards brighter futures.

Senior Philanthropy Manager Gavin Lamb said:

“Research has shown that bereavement at a young age can lead to a number of negative consequences, including anxiety, depression, anger, lower self-esteem and external loss of control. This can lead to disengagement from school, alcohol or substance misuse and can ultimately have a long-term detrimental impact on a young person’s future. It can be hugely beneficial for young people experiencing bereavement to have support from someone outside of their family, who may also be grieving, to enable them to share their thoughts and emotions. By improving communication about their feelings with family members, young people are able to reduce feelings of isolation and create the possibility of hope for the future while cherishing memories of a lost loved one.”

While presenting the cheque to Ormiston Families, Zedric Grosvenor from Cambridgeshire Freemasons said:

“The work Ormiston Families does with children and young adults is very important. Situations entirely beyond a child’s control can withdraw a child from continuing education, and no tragedy is as great as the loss of opportunity, access and engagement with education for a child. Something that my mother persisted on before passing, was that I never missed a day of school and I always got my studies complete before assisting with care or visiting. This value of education has stuck with me into adulthood. If other children and young adults can be supported through difficult losses and see the value in their life and own education once more, then that is truly a blessing in my opinion.”

Commenting on the donation, Emma Baguley-Lockwood from Ormiston Families said:

“Last year, we were able to help over 3,000 children, young people and families in the East of England. Support for the Stars Children’s Bereavement Support Service is hugely important, with the service’s work needed now more than ever.”

Notes to Editors

Photograph shows donation being made at Cambridge Masonic Hall.


About Cambridgeshire Freemasonry:
The Masonic Province of Cambridgeshire is relatively small, with Masonic Centres in Cambridge, Ely, Newmarket, March, Chatteris, Whittlesey and Wisbech. There are around 1500 Freemasons and 32 individual lodges. We pride ourselves on our friendliness and inclusivity, with members drawn from all walks of life and professional backgrounds. We welcome enquiries from anyone who is curious about our values and our history.
More information is available on our website and enquiries should be directed to our Provincial Office in Cambridge via

About Ormiston Families Stars:
We provide a growing range of services to promote positive mental health in children, young people and families across the East of England. All these services help people to build stronger networks, learn from experience and feel in control of their wellbeing. Ormiston Families Stars is a children’s bereavement support service for young people finding it difficult to cope with the loss of someone significant in their life. Stars offers specialist bereavement support and counselling to those aged 4-19 in Cambridgeshire who may be experiencing difficulties following the loss of someone close to them, such as a friend or family member. All our counsellors are highly trained bereavement counsellors who are specialists in child bereavement.
More information is available on their website and enquiries should be directed to 01223 292276 or email

United Grand Lodge of England
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest social and charitable organisations in the world. Its roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.

About the Province of Cambridgeshire Charity for Care and Relief:
The Charity is constituted by Deed of Trust and is a Registered Charity, number275991. The objects of the Charity are to dispense funds for the benefit of poor and distressed masons of the Province of Cambridgeshire, Masonic Charities, and for other charitable institutions, societies, or objects. For more information please contact our Secretary, George Brennan on 01354 694596 or to