Members of staff from the North Devon Hospice in Barnstaple are seen here receiving a cheque for £2025 from Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury, the provincial grand master of Devonshire. Over many years North Devon Hospice has received over £47,000 from the Freemasons Grand Charity and local lodges.
The donation is part of the annual assistance made by the Freemasons grand charity which this year is giving nearly £14,000 to seven hospices in Devon.
Two hundred and forty five adult and children’s hospices throughout England and Wales will receive a total of over £600,000 this year. Since 1984 the Freemasons Grand Charity have given nearly £12 million in support of hospices.
Since 1984 when the first hospice nurse was appointed North Devon Hospice have provided expert palliative and family centred care for patients within the community. This includes day care, care in the home as well as within the hospice as well as bereavement and carers support groups.
The Provincial Grand Master Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury 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”.
On receiving the cheque Stephen Roberts, Chief Executive of North Devon Hospice, said “We are delighted to be receiving this cheque from the Freemasons and are incredibly grateful for their continued and generous support of North Devon Hospice. To ensure that we continue to be there for all the family at a time in their lives when they need all the care and support they can get, we are utterly reliant on the communities’ generosity. Therefore, Grants from the freemasons have had a fantastic impact on enabling us to provide care around the clock, wherever and whenever it is needed. The Freemasons Grand Charity should be very proud that they have had a part to play in this.”
The above photo shows L to R Jessica Marsland, Ian Kingsbury, Toni Kingsbury, Ali Hunt