Five hospices in Worcestershire have been chosen to receive a grant from Worcestershire Freemasons. The grants, totaling almost £6000, come through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).
The hospices to receive a grant from Worcestershire Freemasons this year include St Richard’s Hospice Foundation, Acorns Children's Hospice (Worcester), Kemp Hospice, Primrose Hospice and The Mary Stevens Hospice, and form part of 227 grants given 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 £300,000 which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 60 per cent funding from the NHS. A further £300,000 will be provided to individual hospices across England and Wales via Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care. The MCF is partnering with Hospice UK to re-imagine day hospice services. Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £15 million in England and Wales since 1984.
Robert Vaughan, Head of Freemasonry in Worcestershire, 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 and challenging times”.