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Welcome to the Lodge charity and fundraising section. This page is continually updated as more donations are made. It would be impossible to list every donation made by the Lodge during its 120 year history so here are just some of the recent donations since the creation of the Lodge website.

In the meantime, if you have a fundraising idea or need to speak to our Charity Steward, please email him using this link.

Merry Christmas from West Ham Abbey Lodge! - December 2011

West Ham Abbey made big moves this Christmas in support of those needing all the help they can get! They included Caister Lifeboat, Add+Up, St. Francis Hospice and St. Josephs.

Caister Lifeboat and Add+Up received £500 each while St. Francis and St. Jospehs each shared the proceeds of the December raffle (£155) as has become the tradition.

In addidtion, it was agreed that St Francis' Hospice would become the 'figurehead' charity for West Ham Abbey Lodge who have pledged to donate a minimum of six thousand pounds over the next three years. We hope that we can raise much more than that and ask your help in supporting this wonderful charity.

Cheque presentation helps school refurbishments - March 2011

West Ham Abbey Lodge assisted Bulphan C of E Primary School with their refurbishments by handing over a cheque for £1,000 towards the fund.

Bulphan School is a small community Primary School in Essex. Like most primary schools, Bulphan's funding is often only enough to make ends meet meaning that even the simplest of refurbishments are costly.

The donation will go towards providing a new library for the school.

The cheque was presented to the school by W.Bro. Glen McDonald LGR and his wife Dee.


West Ham Abbey Chapter Vice Patronage of the MMC - Thursday 25th November 2010

West Ham Abbey Chapter was recognised as Vice Patron of the Metropolitan Masonic Charity after the Companions of the Chapter donated £1,000 towards the current Cyberknife Appeal.

The appeal which was launched in February 2010 and runs until February 2014 is to raise funds to provide a state of the art laser known as a Cyberknife to the St. Barts Hospital. The Cyberknife enables a less invasive treatment of cancers and treatment of previously inoperable tumours. The Cyberknife will cost £3million and will be entirely funded by London Masons for the benefit of all those people who are treated at St Barts.


Hospices benefit from Lodge donations - Friday 15th October 2010

In October the Lodge agreed to donate £500 to both St. Lukes Hospice and St. Francis Hospice. In total, £1,000 was donated but in addition to this, it was agreed that St. Francis Hospice should receive a further £250 in memory of the wife of one of the Lodge's fondest and most regular visitors, taking the total donation to St. Francis Hospice to £750.


Team Laws on course receives another donation from WHA Chapter - Thursday 20th May 2010

The Companions of West Ham Abbey Chapter were so amazed at Team Laws' intention to compete in the Big Cow Cowman 10 middle distance triathlon (1900m Swim/92k cycle/21k run) that they pledged a further £300 on the successful completion of the race.

Team Laws not only completed the race but acheived a staggering time of 7 hours 37 mins. Results are published HERE.


Help for 2 Charities. First Step and the SSAFA - Monday 7th December 2009

At the December meeting, West Ham Abbey Lodge agreed to send cheques to two charities whose hard work had been brought to their attention.

First Step provide support and learning to pre-school children with learning difficulties in Havering. They received £300 from the Lodge.

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) provide support for our current and ex-servicemen and women. They also received £300 from the Lodge.


Team Laws gets a boost from West Ham Abbey Chapter - Thursday 21st May 2009

Team Laws consists of Ben Laws - a Paramedic in London, and his son Ewan - lovingly nicknamed the 'IronKid'. It is their challenge to complete a series of medium and full distance Triathlons together.

"So what?" I hear you ask. Triathlons are a feat in themselves without the added challenge that Ewan was born severely disabled with Cerebral Palsy and other physical and learning difficulties. Team Laws competes to raise money for three charities which are very close to their hearts. They are: Help for Heroes, SCAMPPS and MERU.

West Ham Abbey Chapter has donated £300 to be divided equally between these charities. Click HERE to see Ben and the IronKid's remarkable story.


Leukaemia Research Supported at London Marathon - Friday 20th March 2009

West Ham Abbey Lodge presented a cheque for £500 to Bro. Andrew Falkingham in support of his wife Elizabeth who is running this years London Marathon in aid of Leukaemia Research.


RMBI supported by Lodge - Friday 20th February 2009

West Ham Abbey Lodge turned its attention to one of the masonic charities in February. The Lodge was honoured with W.Bro Robert Blick, Metropolitan Grand Inspector along with a retinue of dignitaries from Metropolitan Grand Lodge for the dedication of the Lodge's new Banner (pictured on the home page).

W.Bro. Blick was delighted to be presented with a cheque for £1,000 in support of the RMBI. Details of the RMBI can be found in our links section or clicking HERE.


Cheque presentation to Richard House Hospice - Wednesday 9th January 2008

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West Ham Abbey Lodge paid a visit to one of their perennial non-masonic charities on Wednesday 9th January 2008 to present a cheque for £1,000 from the Master's List for 2006/07.  The Lodge was represented by W.Bro.Daniel Field who was Master in 2006/07. The cheque was presented to Community Fundraising Manager - Viv Talbot. (pictured)

Viv was kind enough to show us round the hospice giving us a guided tour of its facilities and highlighted the ethos and philosophy of those that work at and receive care from what really is one of the most humbling places one can visit.

The hospice provides care and support on so many levels for children with life limiting illnesses that the task seems massive.

The funds donated will contribute towards the £2.8million a year needed in order to provide this unique and essential service.  Richard House has to date received over £34,000 from masonic Lodges this year.  Long may that support continue.    Visit www.richardhouse.org.uk