Wigan and Leigh Hospice in Hindley has been chosen to receive a grant of £1,760 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
The Chairmen of Wigan and District Group and the Leigh Group, Geoffrey Porter and Len Hart respectively, accompanying Tony Bent, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, visited the Wigan and Leigh Hospice to deliver the certificate for the of grant of £1,760 which comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The donation is part of the ongoing support Freemasons give to hospices nationally. This is just one of 245 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £600,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation continues the work previously the responsibility of the Grand Charity, which, since 1981 had donated a total of well in excess of £30,000,000 to non-Masonic charities of all sizes. This includes more than £8,000,000 for hospice services as part of a special programme of support that began in 1984. Grants are made on an annual basis and are given towards the operating costs of hospice services for adults and/or children. Geoffrey, Len and Tony were therefore making the donation against a background of similar donations being made the length and breadth of the country.
Geoffrey was accompanied by David Ogden the group vice chairman, John Selley the group secretary and Chris Reeman the group charity steward of the Wigan and District Group and Len was accompanied by Steve Ralph the group charity steward of the Leigh Group. Katie Stevenson, on behalf of the hospice, was pleased to receive the grant which would go towards the current building works to improve the on-site facilities at the Hospice. Wigan and Leigh Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care and a wide range of support services. It is a 14-bed facility and over 1,000 patients receive treatment each year, of which 250/300 are inpatients. The majority are treated either by home service or in the highly beneficial day-hospice facilities which are fully utilised and operating at capacity.
Katie Stevenson, Community Fundraiser for the Hospice, said: “We are enormously grateful to the Freemasons for their continuing support of the hospice. Their donation will be put to very good use. The new unit, which is nearing completion, will enable us to provide further specialist care to our patients on our Inpatient Unit.”