Charity is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of Freemasonry. Since the early 18thcentury it has been providing help and support to those less fortunate. This article charts the history of Masonic Charities. It helps to show how many hundreds of millions of pounds, have been given over the centuries.Money given to good causes can come from various sources. It can be directly from an Individual Lodge, through funds from a Provincial Grand Lodge, or from The United Grand Lodge of England via the Masonic Charitable Foundation . On their website you can see for yourself just how many good causes Freemasonry supports.Here at Thoresby Lodge we have directly supported many local good causes, including Martin House , The Leeds Children’s Hospital and Pudsey In Bloom .Our current Master has chosen to support Prostate Cancer UK during his term in office. We will shortly be hosting an awareness evening where guest speakers who have experience of the illness, will be talking about their personal experiences. We would welcome anyone to join us at this event. The talk will start at 6.30pm on 15thMay 2018, with a meal afterwards. For more information or to book a meal, please contact our Lodge Secretary via the contact page.The Choices InitiativeIf you are in need of financial help, please take a moment to look at the Choices Initiative website . Choices is part of West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd and designed to replace, expand and enhance the emergency grant scheme currently available to Brethren throughout the Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.The helpline is totally confidential and is for Brethren or their dependants in times of need. Help is only a phone call away: 03449 02 02 20 .