What a great way to start the new year off with a visit to St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall, Lancashire which cares for people with life-shortening illnesses. The purpose of the visit was to present a cheque for the sum of £2,710 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, ‘MCF’, to the hospice and both Chris Blackwell Leyland Group Chairman and Jeff Lucas group charity steward were privileged to carry out this rather pleasant task. Chris and Jeff were welcomed at the hospice by Stephen Greenhalgh and Hollie Dring in very friendly and thoughtful surroundings and following introductions the presentation was made.
Members of the Leyland Group had contributed to the MCF funds through various donations and events including the hosting of a Summer Ball, a Charity Giving Day at Wellington Park and via three members of the Leyland Lights, a new and young members light blue club, cycling from Leyland to UGLE in London last April, stopping off at Masonic halls along the way. All these events were in celebration and to mark the 300 years anniversary of Freemasonry.
Speaking about the donation to St Catherine’s Hospice Chris said: “We know of so many local people who have benefited from the loving care and support of St Catherine’s; from patients to their families. We were naturally drawn to support the charity during the Freemasons 300th year celebrations, as we have done for many years. There is so much good work done at St Catherine’s, and we are delighted to be able to support this very worthy cause.”
Stephen added: “We’re incredibly grateful to the Leyland Freemasons for nominating St Catherine’s through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. As a local charity serving local people our biggest challenge is ongoing year-on-year funding since end-of-life care is so poorly funded nationally. We rely greatly on the continued support and fundraising efforts of our communities. The Leyland Freemasons are doing so much to help their local hospice and local people near the end of life. We feel extremely privileged to receive the results of their hard work and loyal support.”
St Catherine’s Hospice is the only adult hospice serving the communities of Chorley, Longridge, Preston and South Ribble. They look after patients at home, in the community and at the hospice through a broad range of services. Many of the patients have cancer, life-shortening illnesses including heart failure, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Across England and Wales, 245 adult and children’s hospices have received a total of £600,000. Since 1984, nearly £12,000,000 has been donated to hospices by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, where Freemasons and their families raise all donations assisting hospices in their vital role in helping those affected by terminal or life limiting illness.
For more about St Catherine’s Hospice you can visit their web pages here: www.stcatherines.co.uk