It's important to give back

From our CEO jumping out of a plane at 15,000 feet for Parkinson’s UK to a Young Oddfellow completing a gruelling 100-mile bike ride in aid of a Cambodian orphanage – our members are bonded by a shared desire to help others.

In 2017 alone, our Branches raised over £179,000 for charity, not including additional financial help shown to other causes such as the RNLI, our HA Andrews Memorial Fund and Orphan Gift Fund.

It's all because we want people to live life at their happiest and healthiest. So day in, day out, we support the work of many local and national charities, as well as give a helping hand to individuals or groups needing assistance. 

Looking outside our own situation and helping a friend in need is important. And if we make their day along the way, well, that’s a bonus.

If you’re a member and have a great fundraising idea, then why not visit our fundraising page. If you’re a member and have taken part in a charitable endeavour, then get in touch with our News team. They’d love to hear about it. We also have many volunteering opportunities for members too. 

£179,000

RAISED FOR GOOD CAUSES

by our Branches in 2017.

£1,029,470

TO VITAL UK MEDICAL RESEARCH

through the Society’s HA Andrews Memorial Fund since 1971.

£600,000

RAISED FOR THE RNLI

to support their life-saving work.

 

The potential for this project is huge and we're incredibly grateful. Without financial help from the Society, it would not have been able to go ahead.

Professor Des Tobin Director of the Centre for Skin Sciences, University of Bradford

HA Andrews Memorial Fund

GIVING BACK

The Fund was created in 1971 to honour a remarkable Society Secretary. Since then, the Oddfellows’ major charitable fund has donated more than £1,029,000 to good causes. And it’s all thanks to the generosity of individuals and Branches.

Today, the HA Andrews Memorial Fund provides financial support over a two or three year period to a UK project or organisation involved in, or conducting, medical research. We’re currently helping the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) at the University of Bradford.

Life-saving support to RNLI

GIVING BACK

Our support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute goes way back, with the first boat being donated in 1868. Fast-forward to today, and our more recent donations for projects at the RNLI’s Sheringham Station totals almost £600,000.

We’re proud to have boats named after us. They’ve saved numerous lives and, we hope, will save many more. Our relationship with our country’s coastline heroes is special and has our continued backing. Learn more about our current RNLI fundraising campaign.

Our Orphan Gift Fund

GIVING BACK

Since day one, the Oddfellows has looked after its young members and members’ children who have experienced the loss of one or both parents. Our Orphan Gift Fund was formally created to provide financial support to help them to learn and achieve.

We’re currently helping around 60 children and young people by funding the cost of items such as school uniforms, travel cards, books, musical instruments and school trips, as well as providing regular financial support.

Sponsoring Oddfellows Brass

GIVING BACK

Since 1981, we’ve been the proud sponsor of a talented brass band, Oddfellows Brass. As the official band of the Society, they travel the country to perform at events and entertain our members and the general public along the way.

The passion for what they do is infectious. Their performances are toe-tapping. And they’re well worth a listen. Find out more about our musical partnership and if they’ve a performance planned near you soon.