Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice in Maidenhead has received a grant of £1,000 from Berkshire Freemasons. This is in addition to a number other donations from a number individual Berkshire Lodges totaling over £2,500. The grant from Berkshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and will be used for purchasing new capital equipment.
This is just one of 245 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £600,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year. This includes £450,000, which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 65per cent 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.
Amanda Collins from The Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice said: “We’re very grateful to Berkshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will help us in delivering our much needed services in Maidenhead.”
Martin Peters the Leader of Freemasons in Berkshire said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist the Alexander Devine Hospice. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times.”