This year the Freemasons, as part of their annual support of Hospices throughout the country Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire W. Bro. Andrew Vodden together with Reuben Ayres their charity steward presented a certificate denoting the £1,565 given by the Devonshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation to Louise Beeken of Searle House Hospiscare in Exeter.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation will give grants totalling £600,000 this year to hospices in England & Wales including almost £10,000 to the seven hospices here in Devon as part of the £15 million given since 1984. This includes £300,000 which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 60% funding from the NHS. A further £300,000 will be provided to the national charity, Hospice UK in a partnership aimed at developing and extending bereavement support services in hospices.
The Freemasons have been long term supporters of the Hospiscare in Exeter and along with individual donations made by many of the 130 Lodges that meet throughout the county and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), together they have donated over £161,250 since 1984 to Hospiscare which is when their records begun.
On receiving the donation Louise Beeken said
“We are delighted to be receiving this kind donation from the Freemasons and are very grateful for their continued and generous support of Hospiscare over many years. This grant will mean that we can continue to be there for patients and their loved ones, providing round the clock care and support in patient’s homes or at the hospice. We are utterly reliant on the generosity of our community and thank the Freemasons very much for their wonderful support.”
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master Andrew Vodden when he presented the certificate said
“The good work done by the carers and staff at the Searle house Hospice is so special, not only to those in the final stages of their lives, but equally to every member of their families. Our Masonic family is pleased to be able to contribute in a way which will help this wonderful team continue their invaluable work”