Freemasons have given £50,000 to the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital to provide support for the families of children with life-threatening heart problems
Treatment can last for months and can be an enormous strain for families. A specialist support worker, Jan O’Donell, has been recruited and trained by the fund, in conjunction with St Oswald’s Hospice.
She will work with parents and siblings, as well as being available for hospital staff who inevitably sometimes struggle with the emotional impact of their jobs.
The masonic grant includes £45,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, with a further £5,000 donated by the Northumberland and Durham Red Cross of Constantine Freemasons’ Care of Children Fund.