Norfolk Community Foundation is appealing to all its friends, supporters and service users to vote online to help the Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers win up to £25,000 from the Freemasons Community Award.
As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country. The Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.
Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers is one of those causes selected to help continue their work which launched in 1998 with the We Care Appeal. Norfolk Community Foundation took over the management of the fund in 2017. The small grants provided are for practical items like washing machines and laptops, power packs for wheelchairs, and short breaks and leisure activities which relieve the 24/7 pressures of caring. It is estimated that as many as one in seven adults in the county is an unpaid carer, with an estimated 10,000 young carers in Norfolk alone.
Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000.
Graham Tuttle, CEO at Norfolk Community Foundation said:
“A grant of £25,000 would make a huge difference to our work and the support we can offer to Carers through the We Care 2000 Appeal which currently helps around 200 carers each year. I would urge everyone to go online and vote for Norfolk Community Foundation. Please remember that every single vote counts.”
The public vote opens on the 12th of June – Those who want to vote should visit the MCF website mcf.org.uk/vote, select the Norfolk page and vote for the charity of their choice.
The voting period is from Monday, 12 June until Monday, 31 July.