St Ann’s funding from Cheshire Freemasons

By News Team on March 16, 2018

We’re celebrating sharing in nearly £15,000 being donated to hospices by Cheshire Freemasons. We’re thrilled that St Ann’s will receive £3,430 – the latest in £12 million given to hospices so far by the Freemasons nationally.

The grant comes through their national Masonic Charitable Foundation, and will be used to ensure that those who most need hospice support in the area can access it.

We’re a charity that has been providing care to local people for almost half a century and we simply couldn’t do so without the support of our generous donors. This latest donation from Cheshire Freemasons will make a real difference in helping us to open up hospice care to even more local people. Eamonn O’Neal, St Ann’s Chief Executive

Eamonn added, “Hospice care has evolved so much in recent years, and is no longer confined to a single building.  We offer specialist support to people with life-limiting illnesses right from the point of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, and from multiple locations, be that one of our three hospice sites or via our outreach and community services.  We can only do that thanks to the generosity of local people and organisations, so huge thanks to Cheshire Freemasons on behalf of all of our patients and their families.”

I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist St Ann’s Hospice. They do an outstanding job helping people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times. These grants from our central charity, the MCF, are in addition to grants that will be made to some of these and other hospices across Cheshire by the independent Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity, as well as individual lodges and Freemasons. Stephen Blank, leader of Cheshire Freemasons, from Altrincham

This latest donation is one of 245 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons, including nine across Cheshire. In total £600,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year.

This includes £450,000 which will be shared between hospices that receives less than 65 percent funding from the NHS. A further £150,000 will be provided to the national charity for hospice care, Hospice UK, in a pilot partnership aimed at developing and extending bereavement support services in hospices. Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £12 million in England and Wales since 1984 and are continuing to increase at a rate of £600,000 a year.

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