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Staffordshire Freemasons donate to Katharine House Hospice

The money will be used for core funding at the Stafford based hospice

Pictured above is the Taylor family taking part in the Cycling Challenge 2019, a previous Kathartine House Hospcie fundraising event, taken by Paul Milgate-Scarrott

Katharine House Hospice has been chosen to receive a grant of £1,550 from Staffordshire Freemasons.

The grant from Staffordshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and will be used for core funding at the hospice based in Stafford, Staffordshire.

This is just one of 203 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £750,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year.

Katharine House Hospice launched an emergency appeal in September after the coronavirus saw it lose around £30,000 a week in charity shop sales and a further £10,000 with fundraising events cancelled.

Dr Richard Soulsby, chief executive of Katharine House Hospice, said: “We’re very grateful to Staffordshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will enable us to keep on providing our vital care services at a very difficult time.

“The hospice has been hit very hard, financially by the pandemic and this donation will help us continue to care for local people coping with the challenges of a terminal illness.”

Selwyn Burton from Staffordshire Freemasons added: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist Katharine House Hospice.

“They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times.”

MCF is partnering with Hospice UK to widening access and address barriers to local hospice services to ensure they are accessible to everyone.

£300,000 which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 60 per cent funding from the NHS.

A further £450,000 will be provided to individual hospices across England and Wales via Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care.

To donate to Katharine House Hospice’s emergency appeal, which currently stands at more than £310,000, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/savekhhospice.

 

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