This year sees the Freemasons finalising their Tercentenary celebrations and as part of their annual support of Hospices throughout the country the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire R.W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury can be seen here presenting a certificate denoting £1083 given on behalf of the Devonshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation to Ann Juby from Children’s Hospice South West’s Little Bridge House in Barnstaple, North Devon.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation will this year give grants totalling £600,000 to two hundred and forty five hospices in England and Wales including nearly £10,000 to seven hospices here in Devon as part of the £12 million given by them since 1984. This includes £450,000 which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 65% funding from the NHS. A further £150,000 will be provided to the national charity for hospice care, Hospice UK in a pilot partnership aimed at developing and extending bereavement support services in hospices.
The Freemasons have been long term supporters of Children’s Hospice South West and along with individual donations made by many of the 133 Lodges that meet throughout the county and the Masonic Charitable foundation, together have donated over £100,000 to CHSW since it opened in 1995.
On receiving the certificate Ann Juby, Trusts and Grants Fundraiser for the hospice said: ‘The Freemasons fundraising over the years for Children’s Hospice South West has been incredible, and we are extremely grateful for the support. It costs £3.4 million each year to run our Little Bridge House hospice, and these costs are met almost entirely by voluntary donations. Support such as this is vital to ensure that we can continue to make the most of short and precious lives well into the future. Our thanks to the Freemasons and the many Lodges who support us.’
Little Bridge House is one of three Children’s Hospice South West hospices offering home from home care and support for families across the South West region. Each hospice offers respite, emergency and end of life care for local children who are not expected to live until adulthood, as well as support for the whole family including a dedicated sibling service.
The Provincial Grand Master Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP. when presenting the certificate said “It is always very sad when a child is taken from us without their ever having the chance to reach their potential, if in some way we as Freemasons can contribute to their care at this moment in their short lives, then we can continue to hope that one day cures can be found. It was wonderful to meet some of the people today who give so much of their time and energy in caring for the children.”
The attached photos show L to R. Ann Juby From Littlebridge House & Ian Kingsbury Provincial Grand Master of the Devonshire Freemasons