Francis House in Didsbury Manchester has been chosen for a grant of £2,267 from West Lancashire Freemasons through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. This will be used for continuing care for children and young adults with life threatening conditions. They also provide support and friendship for the whole family.
This is just one of 237 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £600,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year.
This includes £300,000 which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 60% funding from the NHS. A further £300,000 will be provided to individual hospices across England and Wales via Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care. MCF is partnering with Hospice UK to develop and extend bereavement support services in hospices.
Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £13,000,000 in England and Wales since 1984 and are continuing to increase at a rate of £600,000 a year.
Presenting the cheque to Fundraising Manager Kate Puc were Assistant Provincial Grand Master Dave Walmsley and South Eastern Group Chairman David Durling.
Dave said: “I am proud to present the cheque on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and hope that the cheque wll go some way towards providing continuous support to those in need of the wonderful service that Francis House provides.”
Kate responded by thanking Dave and David, saying: “We’re very grateful to West Lancashire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will be a tremendous help in our continuing programme of providing the best possible care.” She added, “Francis House relies heavily on the generosity of donations and organisations like the Freemasons to maintain the highest quality care.”
For further information on the work of Francis House Children’s Hospice, visit their website at www.francishouse.org.uk
Article and photograph by Tom Fredrickson.