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Mark Benevolent Fund

The Mark Benevolent Fund is a registered charity (no. 207610), which came into existence in 1868 and whose overriding aim is to disburse aid swiftly and without bureaucratic formality to needy Mark Masons and their families. Thus the motto “Bis dat qui cito dat” – “He gives twice who gives promptly” – is the principal guideline of the M.B.F.

The Fund also supports many Worthy Causes and the Board of Trustees meets quarterly to consider applications, although emergency procedures are in place to deal with urgent cases. Major grants include the R.N.L.I., St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts), Hope For Tomorrow, Prostate Cancer Care and the recently announced donation of £3m to St John Ambulance.

Donations within Sussex include SMILE Respite Care, East Sussex Association of Blind & Partially Sighted and £150,000 for the installation of an “Immersive Space” in the new DREAM Centre at Chailey Heritage.

Funds are raised by the generosity of the brethren on both an Individual and Lodge basis mainly through the Festival system and soon put to good use. The MBF has disbursed many millions to individual petitioners and an even greater sum in grants to charities within the wider community.

Detailed Information about the Mark Benevolent Fund can be obtained via the MBF website: www.markbenevolence.org.uk/mbf.html.