Sussex Freemasons support those in need in our Sussex communities, from food banks to scout groups, from dementia care to hospice support. We also contribute to wider needs such as national charities of significance to particular Lodges and international disaster and humanitarian relief.
Two examples of charities that are actively and regularly supported by Sussex lodges are the Teddies for Loving Care Appeal (tlcappeal.org) and the Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity (mtsfc.org.uk)
The Teddies for Loving Care Appeal provides teddy bears and soft toys, free of charge, to Accident and Emergency units, for the medical staff, to give, at their discretion, to children admitted who are in severe distress and where the staff feel that a teddy or soft toy to cuddle will help alleviate the stress and assist them in their work.
The children keep the teddy and take it home with them. Since the Appeal was founded over Three Million teddies have been distributed, with over 100,000 being paid for and distributed within Sussex.