East Kent Provincial 2012 News

PGM’s Charity Awards 2012

This year the awards ceremony was held on Saturday 27th October kindly hosted by the Ashford branch of the Pilgrims Hospice.

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The Mayor and Mayoress of Ashford, Councillor Bob Davidson and Mrs Daphne Davidson together with the Member of Parliament for Ashford, Damian Greene witnessed ten East Kent based charities receive grants from the Provincial Grand Master’s Charity, an additional award from the Provincial Charity Fund and another two awards from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity, making a grand total of £45,300 donated.

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The Provincial Grand Master Geoffrey Dearing welcomed all the recipients congratulating them on their dedication and effort in supporting the various local enterprises then invited the recipient representatives to come forward to receive their award and deliver a short presentation about the nature of their charity and how the funds would be used.

The charities included those for the homeless and vulnerable, the physically and mentally impaired, a number of youth development schemes which introduced the young people to fishing, horse riding, carriage driving, cadet activities and providing adult role models. Our hosts were provided with funding towards their new Navigation Centre initiative which will provide round the clock assistance to those in need of the organisation’s specialist services. A light buffet was served to the guests, following which all were invited to a conducted tour around the facility.

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The full list of recipients.


Name of Charity Award Location Activity
Maidstone Day Centre £2,500 Maidstone Provision of Day Centre facilities for homeless and vulnerable people.
Kent Association for the Blind £2,200 Canterbury (Also Maidstone & Dover) Provision of equipment to enable start-up of IT small group training courses.
Alkham Valley Community Project £2,000 Hougham, Dover Support for the running costs of therapuetic horse riding and carriage driving for disadvantaged children.
Sea Cadets Margate £1,500 Margate Grant to improve local facilities for Naval & RM Youths 10 - 18
British Polio Fellowship – East Kent Branch £2,000 Ashford To provide support initiatives for those members experiencing post polio disabilities
East Kent Masonic Fishing Charity £3,000 Whitstable To provide an interactive countryside and fishing experience for disadvantaged young people.
The Paddocks £900 Canterbury To provde an after school horse riding facility for disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.
Cerebral Palsy Care (CPC) £2,000 Chatham Support for the Smiley Steps Centre, which provides pre-school education and saturday classes for children suffering from Cerebral Palsey.
Young Lives £2,000 Maidstone A grant to assist in the provision of facilities to support children and young people through distressing and difficult times
Pilgrims Hospice - Ashford £3,000 Ashford (Also Canterbury & Thanet) Call Centre support for those receiving palliative care at home.
Greenhill Gymnastics, PEK Charity Fund £1,200 Herne Bay Grant to assist in the provision of safety equipment for a voluntarily run gymnastic club.
I Can – FGC Award £18,000 Gravesend Salary of a Therapist to help children to overcome communication difficulties.
XL Clubs - Princes Trust – FGC Award £5,000   To assist in the provision of personal development courses for young people, to enable them to find employent and re-engage with education.