“Smart” Move By Leeds Freemasons’ In Supporting Martin House Children’s Hospice

Leeds Freemasons have made a “smart” move in paying for new state-of-the-art televisions for a charity that provides hospice care for children and young people across West, North and East Yorkshire.

Members of Allerton Lodge, which meets in Castle Grove, Headingley, successfully applied to the Provincial Grandmaster’s Fund for a grant of £2,000 to help purchase nine smart TVs for all nine of the children’s bedrooms at Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Allerton Lodge charity steward Trevor Dickinson was accompanied on his visit to the hospice, which is located at Boston Spa, by lodge colleague Fraser Burchill, whose grandson was one of the first to be admitted to the “teenage unit” when it opened some years ago.

W Bro Dickinson said: “Martin House Hospice is a much loved organisation that supports seriously ill children, and their families.

“We were delighted our application to the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund was successful, and we were equally delighted to go to the hospice and hand over the cheque.

“Each year, the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding gives out £200,000 in grants to charities and organisations across our province.

“This year, Freemasons nationally celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first United Grand Lodge, and, locally, the 200th anniversary of the formation of the first lodge in our province.

“In recognition of this double celebration, the Fund will be increased to £300,000, which means even more good causes will benefit from the fund-raising activities of our lodges.”

Smart Move By Leeds Freemasons! Pictured from left to right are Fraser Burchill from Allerton Lodge, Martin House events manager Caroline Hudson, Martin House senior fundraiser Sarah Smith, Martin House community fundraiser Alison Wragg, Allerton Lodge charity steward Trevor Dickinson and Martin House corporate fundraiser John Haigh

Sarah Smith, who is part of the fundraising team at Martin House, said “We were delighted to receive this generous donation and we have in fact already purchased the televisions for our children’s bedrooms. We are very grateful for the ongoing and generous Masonic support.

“The televisions were in great need of updating. With technology moving so quickly, we wanted to ensure that our children have access to all that the recent models have to offer, especially considering that the families often spend a lot of time in these rooms.”

This year Martin House is celebrating 30 years of care, during which it has offered a lifeline to more than 2,000 families, providing much-needed respite stays, care in their own homes, end of life care and support in bereavement.

With continued support, it can continue to work towards ensuring they are here for families over the next 30 years and beyond. It costs in excess of £6 million a year to run the hospice and it is completely free for the families who receive the care and support.

Posted in Charity News on March 21st, 2017 by Robin Misra

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