Ashgate Hospicecare in Chesterfield has been chosen to receive a grant of £ 2,150 from Derbyshire Freemasons. The grant from comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and will be used toward the funding of recent renovations and the provision of individual rooms and privacy areas.
This is just one of 218 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £750,000 will be have been donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year alone.
This includes £300,000 which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 60 per cent funding from the NHS. A further £450,000 will be provided to individual Hospices across England and Wales via Hospice UK, the national charity for Hospice Care. MCF is partnering with Hospice UK to widening access and address barriers to local hospice services for local people who are homeless or have learning disabilities.
Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £13 million in England and Wales since 1984.
Tina Croley from Ashgate hospice said:
“We’re very grateful to Derbyshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will really help towards the ongoing costs of expansion and refurbishment within the hospice”
Michael Hitchcock from Derbyshire Freemasons said:
“I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist Ashgate hospice. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times”.
Pictured are Tina Croley (left) and Alison Ward in one of the newly refurbished rooms.
About the Masonic Charitable Foundation
The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Masonic families with a financial, health or family need. Visit www.mcf.org.uk