News has emerged of significant donations to charitable causes in the will of our late W. Bro. Royden Matthew Smith PAGDC, RAMGR who passed to the Grand Lodge above earlier this year.
Roy had been active and well respected member of Godson Lodge of MMM No 330; Abraham Green Lodge of RAM No 330 and also an Honorary member of Millennium Lodge of RAM No: 1822.
Of benefit to all Mark masons, Roy bequeathed £70,000 directly to the Mark Benevolent Fund, our national charity managed at Mark Masons Hall.
Having spoken with the management of that charity since this bequest, I can ensure everyone that it is most gratefully received and as you all will no doubt be aware, will be faithfully applied.
Also of note to many Mark masons and Royal Ark Mariners in this Province, Roy also left the sum of £70,000 EACH to Halesowen Masonic Hall and to the new James S Webb Freemasonry Centre in Stourbridge, where a number of lodges in both of our orders meet.
Roy made a further masonic directed bequest of £70,000 to the St John of Jerusalem eye hospital the national charity for the United Orders (KT).
To add further to these generous Masonic bequests, Roy also made donations of £140,000 each to two local charities.
Firstly to The Mary Stevens Hospice in Stourbridge and also to the Ophthalmic unit at the Russell’s Hall hospital, where Roy had been a regular out-patient for several years receiving treatment for macular degeneration.
I am sure you will all join with me in remembering again our late Brother Royden and his huge generosity, the distinguishing characteristic of a Freemasons Heart.
Provincial Grand Charity Steward