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Robert’s Story


When Robert was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, he worried about what would happen to his family

Robert, a Freemason, first turned to us for financial help following a medical diagnosis.

“Immediately after I was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, I was admitted to hospital for treatment. We’ve always been a month-to-month family and, being self-employed, I was worried how we would pay that month’s bills.”

Robert’s brother and Lodge Almoner got in touch with the MCF on his behalf. The MCF provided an emergency grant to cover the next two mortgage payments as well as offering longer term support with daily living expenses. “This instantly lifted a huge weight from my shoulders.”

It was only after Robert returned home that a representative of the MCF visited him and he realised additional support was available for his children.

The MCF now provides termly grants to support Robert’s two step-children who are studying for their GCSEs, and his daughter who is studying sociology at university.

All three are doing well and it’s reassuring to know that whatever happens to me, support for all three children will continue for as long as they are in education.

Sadly, Robert passed away last year but we will continue to support his family for as long as they need us.

Our Impact

St Cuthbert’s Hospice

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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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