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19th Jan, 2022

Freemasons provide valuable support to St Richard’s Hospice

Rob George 28th Nov, 2020

ST RICHARD’S Hospice has received a grant of £1,935 from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire Freemasons.

The grant from comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), and will be used to help the hospice care for patients with a serious progressive illness and supporting their loved ones.

This is just one of 203 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £750,000 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 per cent funding from the NHS. A further £450,000 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 widening access and address barriers to local hospice services for to ensure they are accessible to everyone.

Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £14million in England and Wales since 1984.

Tricia Cavell, St Richard’s fund-raising director, said: “This generous grant is hugely appreciated, particularly at this challenging time, as is the ongoing support of Freemasons in the county.

“During the pandemic our teams are at the frontline, providing an incredible service to the community, with many working virtually with patients and families online and by telephone to keep everyone as safe as possible.”

Robert C. Vaughan, head of Worcestershire Freemasons, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist St Richard’s Hospice.

“They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or serious progressive conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times.”

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