Three Huddersfield Area Hospices receive grants in excess of £7,600

THREE Huddersfield area hospices have received thousands of pounds from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Kirkwood Hospice, at Dalton, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice at Bracken Hall, and Overgate Hospice, at Elland, met together at Forget Me Not to receive grants totalling over £7,600.

Alan Elstone and John Gledhill, of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire, West Riding, were pleased to present cheques on behalf of their national charity.

Freemasons Alan Elstone (left) and John Gledhill (right) present cheques to Wasim Hussain of Kirkwood Hospice, Harriet Eames of Overgate Hospice and Debs Davies of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Kirkwood received £3,290, Overgate £2,218 and Forget Me Not £2,143, calculated on the number of beds and community services each hospice provides.

The three hospices must raise a combined total of over £12m annually to maintain services and support for families.

Yorkshire’s15 hospices have received over £45,000 from the Freemasons’ Charitable Foundation as part of a £600,000-plus hand-out throughout England and Wales.

Since 1984, the Freemasons’ national charity has donated over £11m to hospices nationwide. That is in addition to monies given to local communities through West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd.

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Earlier this year, the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund gave £40,000 to Castle Hill School at Newsome to help fund a sensory pod for the benefit of the pupils  who  experience severe and multiple learning and physical difficulties.

Huddersfield area communities can expect further significant support from the Freemasons in 2017 as Freemasons mark the tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Provincial Grand Master David Pratt has announced that £300,000 will be made available across the region in recognition of the milestone, which coincides with the bicentenary of Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons.

Posted in Charity News on January 7th, 2017 by Kevin Gould

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