Masonic Charity - Introduction

Every year Freemasons help thousands of people in need.

How? By donating millions of pounds to charitable causes.

Freemasonry is not a charity, but it is charitable, supporting its own members and their families in distressed circumstances and also non-Masonic charities and individuals. Freemasons are rightly proud of the fact that they raise all money for their charities from their own members and their social activities and not from the general public.

Locally, Lodges provide benevolence for individual members and make donations to charitable causes. Significant sums are donated each year to local non-Masonic charities and other good causes. Over the past six years over £1m has been donated by Lodges and Chapters to East Kent Communities.

Freemasonry is a tremendous force for good in society and our communities. To ensure that our charity response remains as important to our Brethren and local communities, as it is to the many thousands of families that are helped every year, a new charity – The Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity (CEKFC) has been created.

Launched in October 2014, The Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity aims to be the face of Masonic Charity in the community. It seeks to maximise the benefit of the money that it gives to our local communities by not just sending a cheque, but by giving the recipient charity the opportunity of the greatest exposure so that others will recognise the wonderful work which that charity actually does.

Charities supported by Christopher Marlowe Lodge since 2016



Masonic Charitable


Covid-19 Appeal




Canterbury & District Recorder

Cathedral Children's Choir