Hospice of the Good Shepherd based in Chester recently received £1,580 - which is a share of nearly £15,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) being donated to hospices by Cheshire Freemasons. The Hospice also received an additional £1000 donation from the Chester lodge from the Cheshire Freemasons' Charity (CFC) presented by Gary Horstman, Assistant Provincial Grand Master and his wife Susan Horstman.
The £1000 donation will be put towards funding the Hospice REFLECT Bereavement Support service which offers information, support, signposting and one-to-one counselling for children and young people, aged 3 – 17, who are bereaved. Support and counselling is also available to children who have a family member with a life-threatening or life-changing diagnosis.
Caroline Siddall, Director of Fundraising, Lottery and Retail for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd said: “On behalf of everyone at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, I would like to thank the Cheshire Freemasons for their continuous support which helps us make a huge difference to the quality of life of local people with a life limiting condition.”
The leader of Cheshire Freemasons, Stephen Blank from Altrincham, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist Hospice of the Good Shepherd. They do an outstanding job helping people with life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times. These grants from our central charity, the MCF, are in addition to grants that will be made to some of these and other hospices across Cheshire by the independent Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity, as well as individual lodges and Freemasons.”