The Basingstoke Freemasons have made a generous donation of £1,000 to the Pelican Cancer Foundation, a renowned cancer treatment foundation based in Basingstoke. The town is recognized globally as a “centre of excellence” for disseminating vital knowledge and skills to cancer specialists, courtesy of the Pelican Cancer Foundation. The foundation operates from The Ark, a purpose-built education and conference centre.

Since its inception in 2001, the foundation has welcomed over 8,000 clinicians to its training courses and meetings, setting national standards for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The Pelican Cancer Foundation is entirely dependent on donations for its operations, as it receives no government funding.

The recent donation from the Elvetham Masonic Lodge, part of the Basingstoke Freemasons, will fund a full day of intensive training for two surgeons. This act of charity is part of a larger programme by the Lodge, which has donated more than £5,000 to local causes this spring.

The Elvetham Lodge, founded 103 years ago on the outskirts of Hartley Wintney, moved to the Masonic Centre in Victoria Street, Basingstoke, in 1993. Today, its members reside in and around Basingstoke, ensuring the Lodge maintains a close association with local groups.

Freemasons in the UK are known for their significant contributions to worthy causes. In Hampshire alone, around £1m is granted annually, while across England, the figure stands at approximately £58,000 per day.