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It was through my work as a nurse and midwife that I became interested in better care for the elderly. After getting married and having children, we moved around a lot but eventually we settled in Surrey. I spotted an advert for a job: ‘Manager wanted to open a new home for the RMBI’.

 

Of course, back then I didn’t know what the RMBI (Royal Masonic Benevolent Fund) was or much about freemasonry, but I got the job managing Shannon Court anyway! After ten years I decided that I wanted something different, although I didn’t want to leave because I really believed in the charity. Fortunately, a job opened up managing the Advice & Support Team – there were only three of us back then – and I’ve been leading the team ever since. Over time we continued to push what we were and what we could offer, and eventually expanded the team to 13 members, working right across the country.

 

I love making a difference and I love working for an organisation that I’m proud of. We all work really hard and I enjoy seeing us succeed. I think we are really appreciated by the Provincial Grand Almoners, the rest of the MCF and the people we visit.

Maggie, Advice & Support Manager

Our Impact

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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Dogs for Good

Studies show that dogs have a profoundly positive effect on children with autism and can help the child to develop skills that increase independence and quality of life. The PAWS (Parents Autism Workshops and Support) project help parents of children with autism find (if they don’t already have a dog) and train a dog to…

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