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Kells Masonic Lodge provides boost for NI Children’s Hospice

Worshipful Master of Kells Masonic Lodge 990 Derek Craig presents NI Childrens Fundraising Officer Catherine OHara with a cheque for £500, proceeds of a recent quiz night. Also included are lodge members Ronnie Craig (Senior Warden) and Allen Mercer (Steward of Charities).

Kells Masonic Lodge 990 have donated £500, raised from a quiz night to Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, which will fund an essential respite break for a local life limited child at Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice in Newtownabbey.

Steward of Charities for Kells 990, Allen Mercer said; “Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is the only service of its kind in Northern Ireland and really needs the support of our local community to enable them to continue delivering the specialist care services our life limited children and young people deserve.

“The Hospice at home care and respite breaks to the Children’s Hospice really do provide a life line to families in this area and we were more than happy to champion this great cause.

“We were absolutely delighted to know that our donation will pay for a respite break for a local child and their family and thank everyone who supported the quiz night.”

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice Community Fundraiser Catherine O’Hara said; “On behalf of everyone at Children’s Hospice, I would like to thank the Lodge members, their friends and family.

“This money will pay for a much needed respite break at Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

“Every pound locally raised will have a positive impact in ensuring we continue to provide specialist palliative care for the children, young people and their families.

“Last year we cared for 300 life-limited children living across Northern Ireland. It is thanks to the generosity and support of the people of Northern Ireland that we are able to do this.”

Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice provides respite and end of life care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Practical, emotional and bereavement support is also provided for the whole family. Care is provided at the Children’s Hospice buildings in Newtownabbey and Killadeas and also in local communities across Northern Ireland.

If you would like more information on running an event or volunteering please contact Community Fundraiser Catherine O’Hara M: 0751 506 3303 / Email:

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