The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) – the Freemasons’ charity – has awarded £8,465 in grants to hospices throughout Hertfordshire, providing vital funds for those at the front line in the fight against the Pandemic.
In May this year MCF, with Hospice UK, invited hospices who receive less than 60% of their funding from the NHS to apply for a grant.
In addition to grants for projects to local hospices administered by Hospice UK, the MCF is pleased to confirm it has awarded £300,000 in core funding grants to hospices across England and Wales. In total, the Masonic community has awarded over £14 million to hospice care since 1984.
Garden House Hospice in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, was one of the successful applicants, receiving a grant of £1,660 towards delivering its vital community service.
Claire Lunnon from Garden House Hospice Care said: “We’re very grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous grant. We will use it to maintain and expand our online exercise and physiotherapy classes, together with the chat groups that are helping with anxiety and other mental health issues during the Pandemic.”
Provincial Grand Master of Hertfordshire, Paul Gower, said: “I’m very pleased the Freemasons’ charity has been able to support all of these hospices at a time when they need it the most. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through challenging times.”
The full list of hospices which received grants includes the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamstead and Peace Hospice Care in Watford.