Bright Future for Bullied Children thanks to Freemasons' Grant
John Sherriff, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Cambridgeshire Freemasons, Dr. Carrie Herbert, Founder of Red Balloon and Peter Sutton, Provincial Information Officer for Cambridgeshire Freemasons
Monday 1 May 2018
Bullied children too scared for school will now be able to reengage with education, thanks to a grant from the Cambridgeshire Freemasons.
The generous grant of £20,000, which will contribute to a bursary fund, will allow children in Cambridgeshire and beyond to receive academic and therapeutic support as part of the Red Balloon programme. At any one time, there are more than 16,000 students bullied out of school around the country, and thousands more too traumatised to attend. Red Balloon offers a lifeline to a brighter future, but the programme is expensive, and relies on generous donations. The Freemasons’ grant will allow 6-8 students who are currently not on roll with Red Balloon to access the recovery programme.
The grant from the Cambridgeshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales
Red Balloon founder Dr. Carrie Herbert said:
'We are very grateful for the grant from the Cambridgeshire Freemasons, which will help us to support children as they reengage with school and get their lives back on track. The Freemasons have been generous supporters of Red Balloon for many years.'
John Sherriff, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Cambridgeshire Freemasons, said:
'We are very pleased to be helping Red Balloon support vulnerable children. Our contribution to the bursary fund will assist students who will benefit from the support they receive at Red Balloon enabling them to return in due course to normal schooling.'
Cambridgeshire Festival 2023 Launched
On Wednesday 14th March 2018 the Provincial Grand Master, W Bro William CM Dastur launched the Cambridgeshire Festival 2023. This will be managed by the Cambridgeshire Masonic Benevolent Association (CMBA) and will support the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). This aims to raise £900,000 within Cambridgeshire between now and the end of 2023.
Further details can be found on the Festival 2023 website and a video taken at the launch is shown below.
December 2017 visit to Quarterly Communications
At lunch following the December Quarterly Communication the Cambridgeshire delegation were honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Master, RW Bro Jonathan Spence, who rushed over to join us in the photograph.