Hospiscare staff from Kings House Day Hospice in Honiton are seen here receiving a cheque for £1,000 from Worshipful Brother Chris Yard the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire.
This forms part of the annual donation 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.
Computer records of giving to Hospicecare only go back to 1994 but in that time the Freemasons grand Charity along with many local Devonshire lodges have given an astounding £93,000 to this charity alone.
Kings House Day Hospice opened in February 2015 with great support within the local community. The heart of the centre is a large multi-purpose comfortable and flexible lounge, there is also a quiet room for contemplation or conversation, an education room, a consultation and therapy treatment room, all contained in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Patients have access to expert support, advice or treatment and Hospiscare’s team of community nurse specialists are now based at Kings House.
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W. Bro. Chris Yard 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”. Glynis Atherton, Hospiscare Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to receive this continuing support from the Freemasons and are very grateful that they recognise the vital work we carry out in East Devon. Receiving regular support like this is essential in helping us maintain our services which this year will cost more than £6m to provide across Exeter, Mid and East Devon.”
Pictured above right is Katie Chantler, Chris Yard, Angela Phillips & Sarah Smith.