Freemasons have given £50,000 to the British Red Cross to provide aid to Ukrainian refugees.

Ukrainian refugees - symbolic painting

Thousands of Ukrainian refugees will be given help and support from Freemasons in England and Wales, following a £50,000 grant to the British Red Cross.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) have been monitoring the growing refugee crisis of over 500,000 Ukrainian people who have been forced from their country or been internally displaced from their homes.

We are seeking to identify the most critical needs and we are pleased to be able to support and work with the British Red Cross in helping the growing number of refugees.

Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire’s Freemasons, R.W. Bro Ian Kingsbury said:

“The situation in Ukraine is horrific and I urge all of Devonshire’s Freemasons and Lodges to do what they can to support the appeal”.

We encourage Freemasons and others wishing to support Ukraine to donate via the Relief Chest online appeal page at mcf.org.uk/ukraine.

In addition to this national appeal, Freemasons from Lodges across England, Wales and overseas have been sharing their own stories about volunteering, fundraising and donating at the local level.

We are inspired by their efforts and proud to be able to join them in responding to this growing humanitarian crisis.

Bro Alec Collyer MBE
Provincial Press Officer