The best way of answering this, the most important question, is to give examples of those that the RMTGB have supported.
William and Phoebe
William’s Freemason father died at the age of 47 following an illness. At this time, William was only two years old and his step-sister Phoebe was only eight. The RMTGB provided maintenance grants to help their mother meet the day-to-day needs of the children in addition to supporting childcare costs to enable her to return to work.
Charlie, Daniel and Aidan
Charlie, 12, Daniel, nine, and Aidan, seven, received RMTGB support when the recession took its toll on their father’s small business and it collapsed. This had a devastating impact on his family’s finances and the RMTGB provided maintenance allowances to ensure that the education and welfare of his children did not suffer during this difficult time. Families looking to cut back their spending are often forced to sacrifice extra-curricular activities, but this support enabled the boys to continue their favourite sports including swimming, football and cricket.
Ewan, aged seven, is the son of a Freemason. He had a brain hemorrhage shortly after birth, which has left him with mobility problems. Since 2009 the RMTGB has provided a maintenance allowance to his family.
Even more support through TalentAid
TalentAid helps to support children and young people who are exceptionally gifted in music, sport or the performing arts. It was established in response to a growing awareness that some families were simply unable to support their child’s career ambitions in these fields.
Rhonwen is 16 years old. She is a talented young canoe sprinter whose sporting career has developed significantly since she took up the sport at the age of seven. She now regularly competes in national competitions and is hoping for a place in Team GB at the 2016 Olympics. Because her parents have illnesses that have reduced their ability to work, the family income is insufficient to support her promising career. The RMTGB contributed towards the cost of a new kayak through our TalentAid scheme to ensure that Rhonwen is able to compete at the highest levels.