Willowbrook Hospice in Prescot has been awarded a grant of £20,000 to extend and develop its bereavement support services.
Hospice UK partnership
In October 2017, the MCF launched its new partnership with Hospice UK. Hospices were invited to apply for funding to expand the support they offer for bereaved families and individuals.
The grant will develop a new service called ‘Willowbrook Connections’. This service will support families and carers whose loved ones have received specialist palliative care across St Helens and Knowsley.
The service will place particular emphasis on assisting children and male relatives, who are often reluctant to seek help.
The project will provide a ‘Kids Shack’ where children between the ages of 5 and 16 can come along to after school hours, get to know each other, and take part in activities. Support will be on hand from trained staff who will engage with the children and help them in difficult times.
A similar project will create a ‘Men Shed’, for male relatives who are often unwilling to talk about their difficulties.
Janet Barlow – Family support Therapist at Willowbrook – who was involved in submitting the bid said: “We have been considering various options of how to support local people both pre and post bereavement and are extremely grateful to receive a £20, 000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation which will enable us to do extend and develop our current services.”
West Lancashire Freemasons visited Willowbrook to find out more about the new service
Leslie Newman, West Lancashire Freemasons’ Group Charity Steward said: “The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded this grant to Willowbrook Hospice in recognition and support of the work they do in the catchment area of St Helens and Knowsley. This is the largest grant we have ever made to a Hospice and shows the MCF and Willowbrook Hospice working together for and on behalf of our community. Thank you and kind regards Willowbrook; together we can make a difference in our community”