ISSUE 7, October 2003
Editorial
William Hogarth: Portrait of a Mason-Artist
Travel: Here's to your health
Letters
Royal Masonic School for Girls: Looking to the future
Masonic VC Winners
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Masonic education: Major conferences programme
Masonic charities: Lifeboats and Prostate cancer and Bowel cancer and Subsidiary funds and Grand Charity meeting
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Sword's link with Gustavus Adolphus
Gardening
Book reviews

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Grand Charity Meeting

Report of a General Meeting of the Grand Charity, held at Hartlepool, Durham, on 26 July 2003
Masonic Grants Applications for Masonic Relief Grants
Since the last meeting of the Grand Charity Council, applicants have been relieved as follows:


No. of Applicants
Relief Granted
19/02/03
117
164,986
19/03/03
148
224,850
19/04/03
101
158,349
Non-Masonic Grants
The following Non-Masonic grants, proposed by the Council, were approved:
Disability
     Dial UK exists to support a network of 150 local DIAL advice centres. These centres are unique as they are run by disabled people for disabled people. They help more than 250,000 people each year and receive over 500,000 enquiries. A grant of 75,000 was approved to fund specialist welfare benefits staff at DIAL UK who will provide information, advice and training to the network of 1,400 local DIAL advisers.
     The Living Paintings Trust was established in 1989 to enrich the lives of visually impaired adults, young people and children throughout Britain, by giving them the chance to explore and enjoy the visual arts.
     It currently runs three highly successful programmes, helping thousands of visually impaired people in the UK. A grant of 10,000 towards the Trust's living picture books was approved.
Healthcare
     Headway - The Brain Injury Association - aims to promote understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide information, support and services to sufferers, their families and carers.
     The Association helps over 80,000 people affected by brain injury through an information helpline, specialist publications and a UK-wide network of over 110 local Headway groups and branches.
     A grant of 80,000 towards the Headway Certificate in Brain Injury Studies was approved.
     Colon Cancer olorectal (large bowel) cancer is the UK's second most common cause of cancer death. Over 35,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every year and 16,000 die.
     However, when diagnosed early, colorectal cancer can be highly treatable, with survival rates increasing from 40% to 90%. Providing people with information on early symptoms, and encouraging them to take action promptly, could save up to 15,000 lives each year.
     Colon Cancer Concern provides specialist support not offered by other leading cancer information services. A grant of 20,000 was made towards Colon Cancer's Infoline.
     Down Syndrome Educational Trust. Down Syndrome is the most common cause of moderate to severe learning disability and there are currently about 30,000 individuals with Down Syndrome in the UK.
     A grant of 20,000 for the publication of information for carers and professionals on the range of issues affecting adults with Down Syndrome was approved.
Vulnerable People
     Changing Faces. One in 500 children has a serious facial disfigurement - two in every big school - and many others have unusual or very noticeable facial marks or features.
     An important project of Changing Faces deals with overcoming the difficulties these children have of being different. A grant of 30,000, payable over three years, was made towards the extension of the Changing Faces School Service.
     National Kidney Research Fund. Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is a hereditary problem with no cure. Once polycystic kidneys progress to renal failure, there is no known cure.
     It is one of the most common forms of kidney disease, and in particular has a high level of occurrence among the elderly.
     Some 7,000 people die from renal failure each year. A grant of 70,000 was approved, over three years, to the National Kidney Research Fund to establish a UK-wide DNA/Data resource to improving the understanding and treatment of ADPKD.
Grants to Hospices 2003
It was agreed to place 500,000 at the disposal of the Council for grants to hospice services in 2003.
General Small Grants 2003
It was agreed that 200,000 be placed at the Council's disposal for general non-Masonic grants of 5,000 of less, in 2003.
Legacies and Bequests
Since the last meeting the Grand Charity had received three legacies totalling 7,000.

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