Thames Hospice has been awarded a grant of £60,000 to help build two rooms in its new £22 million hospice. This grant comes from the Provincial Grand Lodges of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, as well as the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
These rooms will be dedicated quiet areas for reflection and remembering loved ones and will also be a source of help and advice to families.
Growing demand for hospice care
Thames Hospice first opened in Windsor in 1987 but is now no longer able to keep up with the increasing number of people who need their care and services.
As well as seeing more patients, the charity is also dealing with more complex and challenging medical conditions. In 2017 the Hospice was granted planning permission to build a brand new state-of-the-art facility, increasing inpatient beds from 17 to 28, as well as providing a dedicated space for therapeutic and social activities to support patients. The new hospice will open in summer 2020.
Berkshire and Buckinghamshire freemasons visit Thames Hospice
Debbie Raven, Chief Executive Thames Hospice said: “I cannot thank the freemasons enough for their generous support towards our new hospice. This donation comes on top of several others from their Charitable Funds and the incredible support they have given us over many years. It will make a significant difference to our patients and their families.”
Anthony Howlett-Bolton, PGM for Berkshire Freemasons said: “Working together with our fellow freemasons in Buckinghamshire and the MCF has allowed us to make a significant contribution to Thames Hospice to help them in the wonderful work they are doing to help families across our counties.”
John Clark, PGM for Buckinghamshire Freemasons said: “The Freemasons of Buckinghamshire are delighted to be part of this joint initiative supporting the essential work performed by Thames Hospice. We look forward to establishing a long term and fruitful relationship with them.”