Devonshire Freemasons paid a visit to St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth to present them with a grant of £988
Nicholas Ball, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, presented Emily Paton, Fundraising Manager of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, with the certificate denoting the amount of money raised. This is part of the annual donation made by Devonshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable foundation (MCF) who have given nearly £7,000 to seven hospices in Devon this year.
St Luke’s has been caring for thousands of terminally ill patients, 24 hours, 7 days a week for over 30 years and their passion and dedication to offer dignity and choice has never dwindled. The hospices vision is a community, where no person has to die alone in pain or distress. Caring for local people, no matter where, at home, in hospital, or in the specialist unit at Turnchapel Plymouth.
Nicholas Ball said: ‘The Freemasons of Devonshire are delighted that in conjunction with the Masonic Charitable Foundation they have been able to continue to provide vital funding for our local hospices, the care and support they provide for the community is amazing. We are delighted that we are able to show our dedication towards their ever growing need for support within the community.’
A total of 245 adult and children’s hospices throughout England and Wales receive donations totalling over £600,000 each year. Since 1984, the MCF have given nearly £12 million in support of hospices. This includes £300,000 which has been distributed to each hospice that receives less than 65% funding from the NHS. A further £300,000 will be provided to the national charity for hospice care, Hospice UK, in a partnership aimed at developing and extending bereavement support services in hospices.
Over the last 21 years, Devonshire Freemasons have combined with the MCF to give total donations to St Luke’s amounting to over £108,000.
Emily Paton, Fundraising Manager of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, said: ‘We are very grateful to the Freemasons for their donation and continued support year on year. This donation will help us continue to provide compassionate care and support to our patients and their families, keeping our nurses on the roads to reach out to people at home and providing the specialist care on the wards in Derriford Hospital and our specialist unit in Turnchapel.’