Eden Mencap needs votes to hit £25,000 jackpot

Date: Tuesday 13th June 2017

EDEN Mencap is appealing to all its friends, supporters and service users to vote on-line and boost the charity’s chances of winning a £25,000 community award from the Freemasons.

As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing £3 million to 300 charities across the country, and Eden Mencap is one of those selected.

Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000. Those who want to vote should visit the MCF website mcf.org.uk/vote, select the Cumberland and Westmorland page and vote for the charity of their choice. The voting period is from Monday until 31st July.

Jacqui Taylor, chief officer at Eden Mencap Society said: “A grant of £25,000 would make a huge difference to our work. I would urge anyone and everyone to go on-line and vote for Eden Mencap. This will enable us to begin a brand new project called “Value4bility” which will support our local community.

“We support vulnerable people who have a plethora of skills and abilities and are keen to invest their time and energy back into their local community. This project will provide a community service to the vulnerable and elderly plus providing a lifeline to those in crisis, also providing peace of mind to carers. Please remember that every single vote counts — your vote could be the one that takes us to the top and gets this project launched.”

The Masonic Charitable Founda-tion obtains all of its funding from Freemasons and their families. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of more than £33 million a year goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.

Norman James Thompson, of Cumberland and Westmorland Freemasons, said: “We are proud to be able to support many charities across Cumberland and Westmor-land, but in this special 300th anniversary year we want to involve the public, as well as local Freemasons, in deciding which of the nominated charities should benefit most.

“Eden Mencap is a community-based charity with an excellent record of meeting the needs of the most vulnerable. Their new project aligns their aims and objectives with those of the Freemasons’ charity. I urge everyone to visit the website and vote.”