Thames Hospice in Windsor has received a grant of £2,500 from Berkshire Freemasons.
Thames Hospice is the local charity that provides expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.
The grant from Berkshire Freemasons came through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and will be used for purchasing much-needed new equipment and help support their services for patients and families.
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.
Debbie Raven CEO from The Thames Hospice said:
“We’re very grateful to Berkshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will help us continue delivering our vital services in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.”
Martin Peters the Leader of Freemasons in Berkshire said:
“I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist Thames Hospice. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times. “
About Thames Hospice www.thameshospice.org.uk
About the Masonic Charitable Foundation www.mcf.org.uk
Berkshire Freemasons www.berkspgl.org.uk