As the UK’s charity sector continues to experience financial difficulties as a result of lockdown proceedings, with many organisations facing closure as a result of cancelled events, groups and individuals from around the UK are undertaking their own fundraising initiatives to help alleviate the burden.
One such group is the North Wales Freemasons, who have donated £9500 through the Covid-19 Response Group to Nightingale House Hospice, a palliative care hospice in Wrexham in North Wales. The funding will be used to help the hospice’s new ‘Meals Matter’ program.
The Meals Matter initiative is an innovative food service that is provided by the award-winning team that is based at the hospice’s on site cafe, Caffi Cwtch.
One happy recipient of Caffi Cwtch’s ‘Meals Matter’ program
The service was launched to support some of the most vulnerable people in the Wrexham County Borough, as well as those who are simply following government guidelines and staying at home.
Steve Parry, Chief Executive of Nightingale House, said: “We have already received excellent feedback on the Meals Matter service and the speedy delivery.
“We have also found the phone calls have been a good chance to speak to those who are self-isolating and may be feeling lonely. We may be the first person they have spoken to all week. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to North Wales Freemasons for their generous support at this most difficult time for our community”.
Together with the chefs from Caffi Cwtch, the team is delivering meals directly to people’s homes during the pandemic, supported by a small number of volunteers that are working hard and giving up their free time to take phone orders, help in the kitchen and deliver the food.
The £9500 grant from North Wales Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales, to support Nightingale House.
John Hoult, Head of North Wales Freemasons, said: “I visited Nightingale House Hospice before the Covid-19 crisis and was impressed by their first-class facilities.
“The warmth of the welcome from all the staff and volunteers highlighted why this is clearly a special place within the local community. I am delighted to see our significant support for this vital project and wish everyone at the hospice well”.
If you would like to find out more about the Meals Matter program, you can do so by visiting the Nightingale House page here.