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This year sees the Freemasons celebrate their tercentenary and as part of their annual support of Hospices throughout the country the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire W. Bro. Chris Yard can be seen here presenting a certificate denoting the £1000 given on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, to Janet McKay and Toni Hiscocks of Hospiscare’s Kings House in Honiton.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation will this year give grants totalling £600,000 to the two hundred and forty five hospices in England and Wales including nearly £14,000 to seven hospices here in Devon as part of the £12 million given since 1984.

The Freemasons have been long-term supporters of Hospiscare’s Kings House in Honiton, and along with individual donations made by many of the 138 Lodges that meet throughout the county and the Masonic Charitable foundation, together they have donated nearly £100,000 to Hospiscare since 1994 when the Freemasons’ records began. On receiving the certificate, Janet, a Clinical Nurse Specialist based at Kings House, said: “The Freemasons’ Foundation have been wonderful supporters of our work over the years, and we’re delighted to accept this latest award from them. It’s helping us to provide the best-possible care for our patients here in the Honiton area.”

Kings House opened in 2015 with great support from the local community. Patients have access to expert help and support, advice and treatment, and Hospiscare’s team of community nurse specialists are now based there. 

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master W. Bro. Chris Yard, when he presented the certificate said, “It is always a delight to be here with such dedicated and wonderful people, the Freemasons are very happy to be able to help by making this donation towards the on-going work of the Hospice. The dedication to the staff to the people of this area who need help is admirable - long may it continue.”   

The attached photo show W.Bro. Chris Yard AsstPrGM with staff from Kings House.