Bury St Edmunds charity could be in for a bumper award

Gatehouse charity friends, supporters and service users at its headquarters
Gatehouse charity friends, supporters and service users at its headquarters
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Bury St Edmunds’ Gatehouse charity is appealing for votes to help it win a £25,000 award.

The charity, based in Dettingen Way, which supports vulnerable and disadvantaged people, has been selected to receive a grant as part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing 
£3 million among 300 charities – but a public vote will determine how much each receives. This can range from £4,000 to £25,000.

“A grant of £25,000 would make a huge difference to our work,” said Amanda Bloomfield, Gatehouse’s chief executive. “I would urge anyone and everyone to go online and vote for us. Every single vote counts.”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons and their families.

It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over 
£33 million goes to charities which help people in communities.

“We are proud to be able to support many charities across Suffolk,”said provincial grand charity steward, Neville Warnes, of Suffolk Freemasons.

To vote for Gatehouse to win the maximum £25,000, visit mcf.org.uk/vote between June 12 and July 31.