Hospices given £5,000 by Bedfordshire Freemasons

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Four local hospices which give outstanding help to people approaching the end of their lives, have been supported by Bedfordshire Freemasons.

The hospices receiving grants are:

Bedford Daycare Hospice£500
Keech Hospice Care – Adult Hospice Service£1,440
Keech Hospice Care – Children’s Hospice Service£1,455
Sue Ryder Care: St Johns Hospice£1,825

The grants from Bedfordshire Freemasons come through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), and will be used to help the hospices continue their vital work during these difficult times.

This is just one of 203 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £750,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year.

This includes £300,000 which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 60 per cent funding from the NHS. A further £450,000 will be provided to individual hospices across England and Wales via Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care.

MCF is partnering with Hospice UK to widening access and address barriers to local hospice services to ensure they are accessible to everyone.

Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £14 million in England and Wales since 1984.

Will Main from St John’s hospice said: “We’re very grateful to Bedfordshire Freemasons’ for their generous grant,  which will  help our amazing nurses to continue caring for people going through the most difficult time in their lives. With their support we can keep our services running in these uncertain times, providing specialist palliative care to people who need it most both in our inpatient unit, and out in the community.”

The head of Bedfordshire Freemasons, Tony Henderson, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist our local hospices. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times.”

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