Tablets donated to St. Giles Hospice in Lichfield by Staffordshire Freemasons

Tuesday, 07 July 2020

St. Giles Hospice in Lichfield benefits from 4 computer Tablets from staffordshire freemasons for Patients to keep in contact with Friends and Relatives

Patients at St Giles Hospice in Lichfield will find it easier to keep in contact with relatives and friends thanks to the generosity of Staffordshire Freemasons.

Local Freemason Stuart Wilton realised that patients might find it more difficult to stay in touch with loved ones due to self-isolation and social distancing measures introduced during the COVID-19 crisis and decided that he wanted to buy four computer tablets for the hospice so that patients could enjoy virtual meetings from their rooms.

The idea was taken forward by the Staffordshire Freemasons Almoner, Tony Coates, who also works for IT company Terrafix, based in Stoke-on-Trent. Terrafix immediately agreed to supply the four tablets, free of charge.

The Head of Staffordshire Freemasons, John Lockley, presented the tablets to nurses Sharon and Jenny at the hospice on Tuesday 30th June.

Joanne Barlow, Regional Fundraiser for St. Giles Hospice, said:

'We’re very grateful to Stuart Wilton and Staffordshire Freemasons for arranging for these tablets to be delivered and to Terrafix for their generosity in supplying them. They will really help our patients to keep in touch with family and friends during these extremely uncertain times.

'We've never needed our community more than we need them today and the support of local organisations and businesses is so important in helping us to continue our vital work.'

John Lockley said, 'I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help St. Giles Hospice, who are doing hugely important work treating and supporting seriously ill patients. It’s clear that the pandemic has made it more difficult for patients to receive visitors and these tablets will make a big difference in helping people to stay in touch.'

St Giles Hospice, which supports patients and their families who are living with a terminal or incurable illness, has launched 'Katie's Appeal', a special appeal for donations to help keep its vital specialist care services running during the coronavirus crisis.

As only around a third of its funding comes from Government, the hospice relies upon donations and fundraising to finance the £10m it needs each year for its care services. Katie’s Appeal aims to raise public awareness of the major challenges that St Giles is facing over coming months due to the disruption to regular fundraising activities and increased demand for its services.

People can donate to Katie’s Appeal by making a one-off or regular monthly donation online at or by calling 01543 432538, or by sending a cheque made payable to ‘St Giles Hospice’ to Katie’s Appeal, St Giles Hospice, Fisherwick Road, Whittington, Lichfield, WS14 9LH.

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