The grant will be used to help the hospice care for patients with a serious progressive illness and support their loved ones
A nurse cares for a patient. CREDIT: Getty Images/Cultura RF
Submitted by Jonathan Swift
St Richard’s Hospice based in Wildwood Drive, Worcester has received a grant of £1,935 from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire Freemasons, through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). It will be used to help the hospice care for patients with a serious progressive illness and support their loved ones.
The Freemasons have made 203 grants to hospices around the country meaning that a total of £750,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year. This includes £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. MCF is partnering with Hospice UK to widen access and address barriers to local hospice services ensuring that they are accessible to everyone.
Tricia Cavell, St Richard’s fundraising director, said: “This generous grant is hugely appreciated, particularly at this challenging time, as is the on-going support of Freemasons in the county. During the pandemic our teams are at the frontline, providing an incredible service to the community, with many working virtually with patients and families online and by telephone to keep everyone as safe as possible.”
Robert C. Vaughan, head of Worcestershire Freemasons, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist St Richard’s Hospice. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or serious illness, as well as supporting their families through those very difficult times.”
St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and in their final days. It also supports their loved ones throughout all of this. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,300 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire. It is an independent charity and relies on donations and gifts in wills for the majority of its income with only 20 per cent being funded by the NHS.
You can find out more information about St Richard’s Hospice on their website.