A hospice in Northwood has been chosen to receive a grant of £15,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Michael Sobell Hospice was picked to receive the money following voting in the Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Awards scheme. It was one of three charities shortlisted to receive an award in the Middlesex area category.
John Briggs, from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Middlesex, visited the hospice to present the £15,000 cheque. John had a tour of the hospice and was introduced to members of staff and the fundraising team. The masons have always been very generous to the charity, and in the past have helped to fund a grant for a special MOTOmed, a therapy device which helps patients strengthen their muscles. One of the hospice patients could even walk his dog again after using it.
Vanessa Howden-Smith, community development fundraiser at the hospice, said: “We’re very grateful to the Freemasons for their generous grant and ongoing support. We also want to thank everyone who voted for us in the Masonic Charitable Awards. It will really make a big difference.”
Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £12million in England and Wales since 1984 and are continuing to increase at a rate of £600,000 a year.