Contributions from Freemasons to hospices in England and Wales have reached £12.3 million since 1984.
Every year, the Masonic Charitable Foundation provides grants to roughly 240 hospices which provide palliative care to children and adults in England and Wales.
All these hospices receive less than 60 per cent of their funding from the NHS and statutory funding. On average hospices receive a third of their income from the state, with the rest having to be raised by communities. This amounts to roughly a billion pounds every year.
The hospice care sector supports more than 200,000 people with terminal or life-limiting conditions each year, with an additional role in providing bereavement support to more than 40,000 family members.
Many Freemasons are among the 125,000 people annually who give their time to volunteer for hospices.
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said:
“It is clear that the Masonic Charitable Foundation is a strong supporter of the hospice movement.
“The £12.3m donated to hospice care over the last 32 years is a tremendous and vital amount. Hospices continue to be reliant on the support of their communities to meet the needs of local people with terminal and life-limiting conditions and collectively need to raise £2.7 million per day. Every penny really does count.”
David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said:
“Freemasons have a proud record of support for hospices, which need our help now more than ever. We are very pleased to be able to help them with their wonderful work across every corner of England and Wales.”
Below are a few of the 242 hospices across the country who benefited from donations totalling £600,000 this year.
St Barnabus Hospice
|“This is a very generous gesture from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and all the Masons throughout the country, who support the work of the hospice movement nationally. We are very grateful for their continued financial support”
Christina Cope, Hospice Fundraising Manager
|“Freemasons in Lincolnshire are thrilled that the Masonic Charitable Foundation has continued to provide this vital funding for our local hospices. The care, compassion and support they provide to the community is outstanding.”
Graham Ives, Provincial Grand Master for Lincolnshire
Naomi House & Jacksplace
“The support we receive from Masonic lodges locally is hugely important to our charity. We are indebted to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge for the support they have shown to local children, young people and families. As an illustration, £7,500 could fund ongoing counselling and bereavement support for two families who have lost a child at our hospices.
Paul Morgan, Head of Fundraising for Naomi House & Jacksplace