Mike Roff, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Herefordshire, received a conducted tour of St Michael's Hospice, Herefordshire, in the company of Ruth Denison Head of Fundraising. On the tour he met and spoke with staff, patients and visitors, including Nurse Debbie Emmett and volunteer Carmel Gwinnett.
Mike expressed his delight and sense of privilege, not only in his visit, but also in meeting Carmel, the recent recipient of the Dr Richard Miller Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award. Carmel has served the hospice faithfully as one of the 900 designated volunteers for over twenty years.
An annual donation was presented to the hospice, which formed part of the total £600,000 awarded this year by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity to hospice services throughout England and Wales. Since 1984, Freemasons have supported St Michael’s Hospice with donations in excess of £60,000 – and local Masons will continue to do so, especially during the forthcoming public appeal in aid of the planned refurbishment and re-development programme due to be launched in the new year.
Mike went on to express how the planned new building programme, together with the superb team of staff and volunteers, would enable the hospice to retain its notable national and international recognition as a provider of Specialist Palliative Care.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master stated how greatly impressed he was with the facility, the care, the dedication, and the positive vision so evident at St Michael’s Hospice. Ruth Denison emphasised the importance of the support of Freemasons in that the hospice greatly relies on voluntary donations and fundraising activities.