Royal Star & Garter provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia. The charity was founded in 1916 to care for the severely injured young men returning from the battlegrounds of the First World War.
Today, their Homes in Solihull, Surbiton and High Wycombe provide person-centred activities and therapies for over 200 veterans every year and they have set themselves a challenging target of at least doubling the number of veterans they support by 2025. To achieve this, they are continuing to develop their services, including:
• Providing support to veterans and their partners in their own homes.
• Creating a bespoke, smaller Home and community for younger veterans in High Wycombe. With a modern feel and facilities which can be used by the wider veteran community, this Home will promote independence and quality of life for working-age veterans.
Royal Star & Garter live and work as one family, helping those who have had the courage to serve our country to live happy, fulfilled lives. They constantly evolve their services and innovate in care to meet the present and future needs of our Armed Forces, just as they have done for more than 100 years.
For more information, please visit https://starandgarter.org
The Chosen Charity
The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also gives large sums of money to regional causes. Nationally, our efforts are channelled through four main charity organisations:
The Freemasons Grand Charity
Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
Masonic Samaritan Fund
The Masonic Charitable Foundation launched in April 2016. The Foundation encompassed the work of the four central Masonic Charities, providing a wide range of grants to Freemasons and their families who have a financial, health and care or family need.The Foundation also awards grants to other charities, medical research studies and disaster relief appeals. Funded entirely through the generous donations of the Masonic community, the Foundation will have an annual charitable expenditure which places it amongst the largest charities in the country. The Foundation is financially strong, well-resourced and able to respond more effectively to the changing needs of Masonic families and other charitable organisations.