Shropshire’s 1,200 Freemasons worked to support the county by making monetary donations to charities, food banks and projects designed help individuals and organisations through the Covid-19 crisis.
Stephen Rogers, communications officer for Shropshire Freemasons, said: “All Masons make regular contributions to the Shropshire Masonic Charitable Association and every ten years run a campaign to raise funds for the national Masonic Charitable Foundation.
“The last campaign, ending in November 2019, raised more than £1.27million which enables the Foundation to help the 36 lodges spread throughout the county to focus support quickly and effectively where it’s most needed.
“2020 created enormous problems for many in Shropshire and the donations madewere put to good use, starting by providing £9,000 for flood relief.”
Throughout the year, £137,450 was given out to help with problems caused by the pandemic with £67,950 spent on needs arising directly from the virus.
In addition, £22,000 was sent to the county’s individual food banks and £10,000 was given to the Shrewsbury Food Hub.