A significant amount of the post received at
the New Masonic Samaritan Fund continues
to be from grateful applicants. Their gratitude
is both genuine and spontaneous.
Thanking you and the NMSF seems totally
inadequate, but thank you anyway. I have
been a supporter of this wonderful branch of
our organisation from the start and will continue.
I certainly did not think it would ever apply to
me Ė how wrong can you be?
Since the decision was taken to provide
funds in support of respite care the postbag
has been extended even further.
Having returned home last Monday from our
wonderful respite stay at Connaught Court it is
right and proper that I should, on behalf of my
wife and myself, express and record our grateful
thanks and appreciation for funding our stay.
Regrettably, despite continuing efforts
to advertise the support available from the
NMSF, not all letters record such a vote
I hope you donít mind me asking for some more
details on the Masonic Samaritan Fund which
I know very little about. My father is a senior
mason and I am also a mason but know very
little of the working of the masonic charities.
However, this type of request for support is
also encouraged and far more welcome than
the letters or enquiries that never arrive. All
too often we hear, all too late, about someone
who may have benefited from the NMSF,
but either did not know how to ask for advice
or simply did not know about the Fund.
Since it was established in 1990, the
NMSF has continued to provide support
for Freemasons, their wives, widows and
dependants, who have an identified medical
need but, faced with a long wait for treatment
via the NHS, are unable to afford to fund
their own private medical care.
More than 6,500 individuals have already
benefited directly from the Fund, but it is
clear that many more have not been helped
because they simply did not know what
support was on offer. The poster campaign
advertised elsewhere within this edition is
the latest attempt to spread the word.
The message remains simple and clear. If
you, or someone you know, has an identified
medical or respite care need, contact the
NMSF direct for confidential advice and
to find out if help may be available.
Telephone 020 7404 1550 or email