This year the Freemasons, as part of their annual support of Hospices throughout the country Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire Andrew Vodden together with Reuben Ayres their charity steward presented a certificate denoting the £1,000 given by the Devonshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation to Toni Hiscock of High View Gardens Hospiscare in Exmouth.
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 supporters of the Hospiscare in Exmouth since it opened 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 £3000.
On receiving the donation Toni Hiscock said
“We are delighted to be receiving this kind donation from the Freemasons and are very grateful for their continued and generous support to our Hospiscare. 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. 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
“I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist Hospiscare in Exmouth. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times”.