st lukes hospiceStaff at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth are seen here receiving a cheque for £2,507 from Very Worshipful Brother Nicholas Ball, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire.

This is part of the annual donation made by the Freemasons grand charity which this year is giving nearly £14,000 to seven hospices in Devon.

St Luke’s has been caring for thousands of terminally ill patients, 24 hours, 7 days a week for over 30 years and their passion and dedication to offer dignity and choice has never dwindled. The hospices vision is a community, where no person has to die alone in pain or distress. Caring for local people, no matter where, at home, in hospital, or in the hospice itself.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master V. W. Bro. Nicholas Ball said when presenting the cheque “The Freemasons in Devon are delighted that the Freemasons Grand Charity have been able to continue to provide vital funding for or local hospices, the care and support they provide for the community is amazing, we are delighted that we are able to show our dedication towards their ever growing need for support within the community”. When presenting the cheque for £2,507 Nicholas also presented a cheque for a further £200 donated by the members of The Pelican lodge who meet in Plymouth.

A total of two hundred and forty five adult and children’s hospices throughout England and Wales will receive over £600,000 this year. Since 1984 the Freemasons Grand Charity have given nearly £12 million in support of hospices.
Over the last 21 years the Freemasons of Devonshire have combined with the Grand Charity to give total donations to St. Lukes amounting to almost £61,000 a figure they can all be very proud of.

On receiving the cheque Head of Community Services at St Luke's Hospice Plymouth, Maggie Draper said: "We are very grateful to the Freemasons for their donation and continued support year on year. As somebody who is responsible for our Community Team of nurses, Crisis Team and occupational therapists who deliver care at home, I know just how a contribution like this can make a difference to a patient and their family dealing with a terminal illness. It costs on average £1,000 per patient to provide this specialist care at home and this contribution will enable us to ensure another 2 people in our community avoid unnecessary admission to hospital and receive the specialist care they require at home.

The above photo’s show Nicholas Ball with Maggie Draper, Head of Community Services and Sharon Smerdon, Crisis Team Lead, St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth.