2021 Festival Appeal
In aid of the RMBI Care Co.
From the Festival President
The 22nd January 2015 saw the launch, at Hendre Lodge, of TheProvincial Grand Lodge of South Wales 2021 Festival, in aid of RMBI Care Co. The Festival is an opportunity for South Wales Masons to show how they are ‘Committed to Caring’, by supporting and assisting fellow Freemasons and their relatives in their time of need.
The Festival Committee has set us a challenging goal to raise £5million over the six years. However, this is not as daunting as it appears. If each of us, with our present membership numbers, contribute at least £500 over the Festival period, with Gift Aid Tax relief and other fundraising events this target is achievable.
By making a minimum donation of £500 you will receive a Festival Jewel and I urge and encourage you to wear it with pride. It is not too late to contribute; it can be a single donation or a covenant for £12 per month until the end of December 2023. Also, you can renew or extend expiring covenants for the same period. There will be awards to recognise the achievement of Lodges, Bronze for an average of £500/member, Silver for an average of £800/member and Gold for an average of £1,000/member.
The funds raised will enable RMBI Care Co. to continue its vital work in delivering the highest standards of care to over 1,000 residents in its Homes and continue to expand its range of services provided.
We are fortunate that in Porthcawl, Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court is right here on our doorstep and in Llandudno, North Wales, Queen Elizabeth Court; each doing outstanding work to provide a happy and safe environment for residents and offering peace of mind by ensuring a home for life.
The South Wales 2021 Festival is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to give something back to this deserving cause and to show just how big a heart we really have by committing to helping RMBI Care Co. for the next six years.
The Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion D. Gerald Rowbottom is lending his full support to the Festival Appeal, thus reaffirming the strong and enduring link between the Craft and Royal Arch Chapter. Other Orders in South Wales will also be as supportive and committed as they have been on previous occasions. I am grateful and delighted that they are in full support of The Provincial Grand Lodge of South Wales 2021 Festival, in aid of RMBI Care Co.
Brethren WE can raise £5million but only if we act NOW and commit to a covenant. Please contact your Charity Steward today and show your commitment to this most worthy charity, RMBI Care Co.Remember donations can be as little as £3/week – less than the cost of a pint of beer! I know I can count on your support.
Rt.W Bro Gareth Jones O.B.E.
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Company (RMBI Care Co.)
RMBI Care Co. has been caring for older Freemasons and their families for over 170 years. There are 18 care homes across England and Wales, offering high quality and person centred care. The Homes provide residential care and residential dementia support and some Homes provide nursing care. Whatever services people need, RMBI Care Co. cares for them professionally and kindly, allowing residents to experience wellbeing and to live meaningfully.
RMBI Care Co. offers:
- Residential care
- Nursing care
- Resedential dementia support
- Respite stays
Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court
Purpose built in 1973 and refurbished in 2000, with further enhancements ongoing in 2020. Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court stands in extensive, well-kept grounds, situated one mile from Porthcawl town centre and the Promenade. Within the grounds there are beautiful inner gardens including a fish pond, scented garden and herb garden for residents to sit, relax and enjoy the outdoor space. There is also a bowling green and Club House in the grounds where matches are played throughout the season. Residents may participate if they wish.
The Home is divided into ‘family-style’ house groups, each with their own team of care staff. Each house group has its own comfortable dining room and communal lounge. Lodges, through the Association of Friends for the Provinces of South Wales, West Wales and Monmouthshire, have completed numerous projects which include a beauty salon, gardens, three additional dining areas and a projector for the dementia area.
The challenge is to raise £5million for RMBI Care Co. by 2021. By making a commitment today, to donate by covenant, as little as £3 per week, with Tax Relief, we can achieve this target. But it is important that we make that commitment NOW!
The easiest way to show your support is to contact your Lodge or Chapter Charity Steward or use the links on www.southwalesmason.com, the South Wales Mason website. Here you will find information on the various ways Lodges and members can donate, including Regular Promise to Pay and single donations, all of which can now be completed online.
All brethren who donate £500 or more will become Festival Stewards and receive a free Festival Jewel. Further details can be obtained from your Lodge Charity Steward or from the South Wales Mason website.
As with all Festivals, it will involve a lot of hard work, but it’s hoped that along the way we will have had a great deal of fun, enjoyment and, above all, raised lots of money. The Province are organising a number of social, sponsored and fun events for you, your family and friends to get involved, culminating in a Gala Evening, so look out for details on the website and expect to hear more from your Charity Steward.
For more information or to donate you can support the Festival here.
How to contact us:
2021 Festival Secretary
5 Guilford Street,
Cardiff CF10 2HL
Tel: 029 20433688 Fax: 029 20486562
All donations should be made payable to The Grand Charity – Relief Chest No E0043
Questions & Answers
What does RMBI Care Co. do?
RMBI Care Co. cares for older Freemasons, theirfamilies and people in the wider community. There are 18 care homes in England and Wales and the charity supports over 1,000 residents.
How do I apply for an RMBI care home?
If a person is ready to move into a care home, an assessment will be carried out to understand the person’s needs and how to support them. To apply, please visit www.rmbi.org.uk and contact your preferred Home directly. Where a Home has a waiting list of residents, priority will always be given to Freemasons and their families, as long as the person’s needs can be supported.
Why should someone choose an RMBI Home? As a Freemason, are the services free?
RMBI Care Co. provides care to both self-funding residents and those that are funded by their local authority. Every resident will have a financial assessment to ascertain their individualcircumstances. If a resident reaches a stage where they are no longer able to pay for their care,RMBI Care Co. will continue to support their fees, as long as their care needs can still be met.
Why should I support the Festival?
Unlike most non-masonic charities that receive donations from the wider public, RMBI Care Co. is solely dependent upon donations from Freemasons, particularly through Festival appeals. The money raised supports residents with a home for life.
What is RMBI Care Co. doing to keep residents safe during the pandemic?
Resident and staff safety is a top priority; the charity has ensured good PPE supplies, created visitor pods to help residents stay connected with loved ones and implemented robust health and safety checks for visitors. It is more important than ever that we raise as much as we can during our Festival to support RMBI Care Co. Please continue giving, it is not too late to take out an RPP or make a one-off donation here.