Eight hospices receive nearly £14,000

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Eight hospices across the county have been chosen to receive grants totaling nearly £14,000 from Essex Freemasons. The grants donated via the Freemasons own charity, the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), are urgently needed to help make up shortfalls in funding caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The hospices are:

Fair Havens Hospice
Farleigh Hospice
Haven House Children's Hospice
Little Havens Children's Hospice
Saint Francis Hospice
St Clare West Essex Hospice Care Trust
St Helena Hospice
St Luke's Hospice (Basildon & District)

These are just eight of 203 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £750,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year.

This includes £300,000 which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 60 per cent funding from the NHS and a further £450,000 which will be provided to individual hospices across England and Wales via Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care.

Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £14 million in England and Wales since 1984.

Paul Palmer

Group Communications Officer
Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex