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Our grants to fund care at a Day Centre help Linda spend more time with her husband and children and give Alec the chance to get out of the house and meet new people

Alec: “I had to retire due to poor health and underwent two heart bypasses. My mobility declined and my daughter, Linda, moved to live closer to me so she could help around the house.”

Linda: “I have been caring for Dad with the help of my husband now for about 11 years. I visit Dad twice a day, seven days a week and he has a buzzer to call me any time, day or night. I enjoy caring for Dad but it can be overwhelming at times and my own health began to suffer due to the stress. It’s the loneliness that’s the worst – I am with Dad most days but he needs other people around him, not just me. The MCF pays for Dad to go to a day centre twice a week which helps with his loneliness but also allows me to spend time with my husband, children and grandchildren or focus on work.”

Alec: “I’ve got a lovely family, lovely neighbours and wonderful Brethren. I want the Brethren of my Lodges to know how grateful I am and how thankful I am for all the help and support they’ve given me in the last 50 years of Masonry. Without them, I don’t know what I would do.”

Are you eligible for support?

If you regularly care for another person, you may be eligible for support from the Foundation.

Our grants can be used in a variety of ways and individuals can choose what works for them. Grants can support short-term residential care breaks, domiciliary care in an individual’s own home or care at a day centre. Our grants can fund short breaks at any residential or nursing home or day service, so families can choose care that is convenient for them.

 

Our Impact

St Cuthbert’s Hospice

The Family Support Team at St Cuthbert’s Hospice provides emotional, psychological, spiritual and practical support to individuals, children and families who are affected by life limiting illness, bereavement and grief. Pathways through bereavement In October 2019, St Cuthbert’s began working with a wide range of people from the local community to find out what kind…

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Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Bereavement Help Points in Cheshire This grant is helping the Hospice of the Good Shepherd to establish informal drop-in sessions in communities across Cheshire. These Bereavement Help Points offer a wide range of assistance; including emotional peer support, advice from trained volunteers, and printed resources to take away. They began work on the project in…

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St Elizabeth Hospice

This grant helped St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich to work with primary and secondary schools to improve support for pupils following bereavement. By giving teachers the skills to respond to their pupils’ grief early on, the project aims to prevent long-term difficulties in emotional well-being. Bereavement training for schools In September 2019 the Emotional Wellbeing…

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Bolton Hospice

Specialist training for local teachers The grant allowed the Bolton Hospice education team to develop specialist training for local teachers to support teenagers going through a bereavement. The training will help to improve the experience of teenagers dealing with loss, grief and bereavement, providing school staff with the knowledge and skills they need to support…

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