Boost for Devon’s hospice charities thanks to Freemasons’ donation

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Pictured L to R are Carey MacKenzie, Maggie Draper, Ian Kingsbury JP, Katie Chantler. (Image: Devonshire Freemasons)

Organisations across Devon which look after those most in need have given a cash boost thanks to the Freemasons.

The Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury has presented £1655 given on behalf of the Devonshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation to of Hospiscare’s  Searle House Hospice in Exeter.  Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire W. Bro. Charles Yelland presented £1385 to Kate Kilburn of the North Devon Hospice, Barnstaple.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation grants each year £600,000 to the 245 hospices in England and Wales, including £7,635 to seven hospices here in Devon as part of the £13.4 million total given since 1984. This includes £300,000, which will be distributed between hospices that each receives less than 65 per cent funding from the NHS. A further £300,000 will be provided to the national charity for hospice care, Hospice UK, in a partnership aimed at developing and extending bereavement support services in hospices.

Picture 2. Katie ecstatic at the news of the grant. (Image: Devonshire Freemasons)

The Freemasons have been long term supporters of the two charities and along with individual donations made by many of the 131 Lodges that meet throughout the county and the Masonic Charitable foundation together, have donated nearly £130,000 to Hospiscare and £70,000 to the North Devon Hospice.

On receiving the certificate, Hospiscare’s Katie Chantler said: “We want to thank the Freemasons for their wonderful donation to Hospiscare’s Searle House.  This will go a long way in supporting our specialist end of life care for patients and their families.  We are reliant on 80 per cent of our funding coming from the community and organisations such as the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and could not deliver our care without this support.”

Searle House Hospice in Exeter supports patients and their families living with a terminal illness throughout Exeter, Mid and East Devon in its Inpatient Unit.  It also provides invaluable care and support to Exeter patients in its Day Hospice and by supporting patients and families in their own homes through its specialist Community Nursing Team.

The Provincial Grand Master Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury when presenting the certificate said: “For the Freemasons of both Devonshire and the Masonic Charitable Foundation to be able to help in this way is very satisfying but when we come and meet the nurses and staff who dedicate their lives to helping people who find themselves in need of their help, it is also very humbling.”

L. To R. Charlie Yelland, Kate Kilburn, Ali Hunt, Clive Eden. (Image: Devonshire Freemasons)

Kate Kilburn from North Devon Hospice added: “We are delighted to be receiving this kind donation from the Freemasons and are very grateful for their continued and generous support of North Devon Hospice over many years.

“This grant will mean that we can continue to be there for patients and their loved ones, providing round the clock care and support in patient’s homes or at the hospice. We are utterly reliant on the generosity of our community and thank the Freemasons very much for their wonderful support.”

Since 1984 when the first hospice nurse was appointed, North Devon Hospice has provided expert palliative and family centred care for patients within the community, this includes daycare, care in the patients home as well as in the hospice and also includes bereavement and carers support groups.

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W. Bro. Charles Yelland when he presented the certificate said “The good work done by the carers and staff at the North Devon Hospice is so special, not only to those in the final stages of their lives but equally to every member of their families. The Masonic family is pleased to be able to contribute in a way which will help this wonderful team continue their invaluable work.”

 

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