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Freemasons Donate £2790 to Rowcroft Hospice                                                                                         

This year sees the Freemasons celebrate their tercentenary and as part of their annual support of Hospices throughout the country the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire W. Bro. Peter Keaty  can be seen here presenting a certificate denoting the  £2790 given on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation to  Dr George and Debbi Shotton of Rowcroft Hospice.

This year the Masonic Charitable Foundation will  give grants totalling £600,000 to two hundred and forty five hospices in England and Wales including nearly £14,000 to seven hospices here in Devon, as part of the £12 million given since 1984.

The Freemasons have been long term supporters of Rowcroft Hospice and along with individual donations made by many of the 136 Lodges that meet throughout the county and the Masonic Charitable foundation together, they have donated nearly £100,000 since 2000.  On receiving the certificate Debbi Shotton, Community Fundraising Officer for the hospice said “Your support helps us provide the care we do to patients and their loved ones across South Devon. It costs £8.8 million to run Rowcroft’s extensive services and we have to raise over 70% ourselves. We rely heavily on the incredible generosity of the local community.“

Rowcroft Hospice have been serving the people of South Devon since 1982, helping to make every day the best day possible for patients with life-limiting illness, demonstrating real humanity in the delivery of end of life care to patients and equally importantly their families, enhancing lives to the end for thousands of people both at home and in the care of the hospice.   The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W. Bro. Peter Keaty when presenting the certificate said “It is always a privilege for the Freemasons to be able to support the work of Rowcroft Hospice and the work they do which is so valuable, not only to the patients but also to their families.    

The attached photos show L to R. Dr. George, Peter Keaty & Debbi Shotton.