The RMBI – making the difference
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
(RMBI) prides itself on its ability to
make a real difference to the lives of
older Freemasons and their dependants.
This is made possible by the generous
donations received from the Craft in
general and Lodges in particular, together
with the practical support of Lodge
Almoners, members of each Home’s
Association of Friends and its committed
and knowledgeable team of Care Staff.
The work of the RMBI is well illustrated
by the following scenario:
A lady of 86 years lived alone in a remote
area, following the death of her husband (a lifelong
Freemason) some five years earlier. She had
no immediate family.
She had always taken pride in her ability to
look after herself, but following a fall in which she
sustained a broken hip, found herself housebound
and unable to get to the shops which were a short
bus ride away. Whilst a neighbour helped with
her shopping, the lady found herself increasingly
isolated, lonely and depressed.
Her late husband’s Lodge Almoner visited her
one day and was appalled by the deterioration in
both her physical and mental state. He immediately
arranged for a member of the RMBI Care Advice
Team to visit.
The Care Advice Visitor’s assessment was
that personal care was desperately needed, and
recommended that the lady move to an RMBI
Home immediately. This was done within a
week. She has now regained her physical and
mental condition and much of her independence.
Our Care Advice Team sees many
heartbreaking cases like this, week after
week. However, on moving to an RMBI
Home, surrounded by love, care and new
friendly neighbours, as well as their own
ornaments and keepsakes, many people
discover new leases of life.
They hugely enjoy the companionship
within the Home, and are welcome to
participate in the many activities and trips
that are laid on. For many, however, the
most valuable aspect of living in an RMBI
Home is “…always knowing that someone
For more information about the
work of the RMBI, please visit our
website www.rmbi.org.uk, or contact
our Fundraising & Events Team on
020 7596 2405.
GENERAL MEETING OF
THE GRAND CHARITY
A General Meeting of the Grand Charity
will be held at the Clarendon Suites,
Stirling Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham
B16 9SB at 11.00 am on Saturday,
16 October 2004.
The meeting is open to all Masons and
non-Masons. Lunch will be available
at a cost of £15.00 per head. Formal
notice will be given later in the year,
but for advance information, contact
the Secretary of Grand Charity.
The Grand Charity
60 Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5AZ
Tel: 020 7395 9293
Fax: 020 7395 9295
TEDDIES FOR LOVING CARE (TLC)
TLC provides for small Teddy bears to
be given by Accident and Emergency
Medical staff to distressed children in
the A&E unit. Freemasons provide the
Teddy bears to local hospitals and more
than 85,000 Teddy bears have already
The Scheme was first introduced
in the Province of Essex and is now
supported in more than 16 Provinces.
The Grand Charity would like to invite
additional interested Provinces to
join the TLC scheme.
Please contact the GRAND CHARITY on
020 7395 9296 for more information
if your Province is interested in
becoming involved in the TLC scheme.