The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. Many national and international charities are supported by the United Grand Lodge of England

Disaster/emergency donations are also made.  For example UGLE awarded £18M in grants to various charities during 2019. The Masonic Charitable Trust also helped support 3167 Freemasons and their families. Donations were also made to 486 local charities.


The Provincial Grand Lodge of Bedfordshire, supports a number of national charitable organisations but also smaller local ones within the county of Bedfordshire.

Teddys for Loving Care
Children attending the Accident & Emergency Department at the Luton & Dunstable and Bedford Hospitals can now have a cuddle with their very own TLC teddy bear to help soothe and comfort them whilst they receive emergency treatment. The teddy bears are a gift from the Freemasons of Bedfordshire and, as at February 2020, 28000  Teddy Bears have been given to children in both Bedford and the Luton and Dunstable A & E depts.
The initiative is to help make emergency visits to hospital less traumatic for younger children , helping them to relax, which can make it easier to administer medical treatment. Teddy bears under this scheme have been donated by Bedfordshire Freemasons to the Luton & Dunstable and Bedford Hospitals since December 2002.


Wenlock Lodge Charities

The members of Wenlock Lodge raise funds for local and national charities. Charities we have supported in the past include RNLI, Keech Cottage Hospice, Sue Ryder St John's Hospice, East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Children's Ward Appeal at Royal national Orthopaedic Hospital. In addition, we support the charitable efforts of the Provincial Grand Lodge and the national efforts of United Grand Lodge of England. The Lodge also takes care to look after the widows of those members who have passed away or are in distress