This year as part of their annual support of Hospices throughout the country Freemason Peter Keaty, at a socially distanced meeting, presented a certificate denoting the £1,160 grant given on behalf of the Freemasons of Devonshire and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) to Debbi Shotton and Stewart Molxneux Community Fundraising Officers for Rowcroft Hospice in Torbay.
This year the MCF will give grants totalling £750,000 to 203 hospices throughout England and Wales including £10,350 to eight hospices here in Devon, as part of the £14 million given since 1984. This includes £300,000 which has been distributed between all the hospices that receive less than 60% funding from the NHS. A further £450,000 will be granted to the national charity for hospice care, Hospice UK in a partnership aiming to widen access and address barriers to local hospice services to ensure they are accessible to everyone.
The Freemasons have been long term supporters of Rowcroft Hospice and including individual donations made by many of the 131 Lodges that meet throughout the county combined with the MCF have donated over £115,000 since 2000. On receiving the certificate Debbi Shotton, Community Fundraising Officer for the hospice said
“We are so grateful for the continued support of The Devon Freemasons and the MCF. We care for over 2400 patients and their loved ones every year across the 300 sq miles of South Devon. In addition to our Inpatient Unit, our Hospice at Home specialist palliative care and Community Teams visit patients in their own homes, providing care and compassion where it is needed the most. It currently costs over £8 million to run Rowcroft’s extensive services and we have to raise over 70% of that ourselves. We rely heavily on the incredible generosity of the local community.“
Peter Keaty, when presenting the certificate said
“It is always a privilege for the Freemasons of Devonshire to be able to support the work of Rowcroft Hospice and the incredible work they do which is so valuable, not only to the patients but also to their families".
W Bro Clive Eden PAGDC
Provincial Communications Officer