St Ann’s Hospice is set to receive £20,000 from a £500,000 fund that the Freemasons are donating to charities across Cheshire to celebrate the 300th year of Freemasonry.
The birthday money will be spent on high-tech pneumatic mattresses that will help us meet the individual needs of patients, allowing fine adjustments which bring greater comfort and relief from symptoms.
Although the special mattresses are expensive, this latest donation has enabled us to increase our complement of high-tech beds to 44 over the past two years.
We’re enormously grateful to the Cheshire Freemasonry for their generosity, which has enabled us to purchase these specialist mattresses for our patients. Local people often come to us for help managing their symptoms, or for specialist end of life care, and these new mattresses will help us to make their experience at the hospice even more comfortable. We’d like to say thanks on behalf of our patients and wish the Freemasons a very happy Tercentenary. Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice
This gift comes from funds provided by more than 5,000 Freemasons from across Cheshire. They are ordinary family men who regularly donate out of their own pockets to worthy charitable causes such as St Ann’s Hospice, which does tremendous work in the community and stands as a beacon of help and support for local people when most in need. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 300th anniversary than giving support to a hospice like St Ann’s, which cares so well for its patients but is dependent on charitable donations for its very existence. Stephen Blank, The Provincial Grand Master of Cheshire Freemasons
St Ann’s provide care and support to thousands of people around Manchester and Cheshire with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses every year. We operate from three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and the Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, while also providing care for people in their own homes.