The Freemasons of the Isle of Wight demonstrated their commitment to the community by donating £62,000 to eight local charities in 2022. The donations were presented at a special event at the Cowes Masonic Hall, attended by local dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, and the Vice Chair of the Isle of Wight Council.
During the event, representatives from the charities had the opportunity to discuss their work and the impact of these donations. Adrian Cleightonhills, the head of the Solent Area for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons, emphasized the role of Freemasonry in supporting local causes.
The High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, Mrs. Dawn Haig-Thomas, expressed her admiration for the Freemasons’ generosity and the effectiveness of the event in allowing the charities to share their missions and activities.
The Freemasons, numbering around 900 members across 18 lodges on the Island, are known for their principles of kindness and charitable giving. Cleightonhills, who resides on the Island, expressed his pride in the members and lodges for their significant contributions to the local charities.
The beneficiaries of the Freemasons’ generosity included Ryde Sea Cadets, Mountbatten Hospice, Sandown and Shanklin lifeboat, Vectis Brass Band, IoW Defibrillators, IoW Community Heart Failure Unit, Men Only Ryde, and Home Start IoW.