Assistant Provincial Grand Master Ray Martland, along with Stewart Seddon Leyland and District Group Chairman, Peter Taylor Provincial Grand Secretary and Jeff Lucas Leyland and District Group Charity Steward, visited St Catherine’s Hospice, Lostock Hall, Preston to present a cheque for £3,783 from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity.
They were received by a large team of representatives from the hospice, namely Stephen Greenhalgh Chief Executive Officer, Jimmy Brash Director of Care, Emma Jacovelli representing the fund raising team, Susan Clemson, Director of Finance and Technical Services and Lorraine Charlesworth Director of Income Generation, who were all delighted with the donation. Stephen said they particularly value the continuing support, both financial and in kind from local Freemasons and The Grand Charity. After the cheque presentation they were conducted on a tour of the facilities.
St Catherine’s Hospice is the only adult hospice serving the communities of Chorley, Longridge, Preston and South Ribble. They look after patients at home, in the community and at the hospice through a broad range of services. Many of the patients have cancer, life-shortening illnesses including heart failure, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s disease.
Across England and Wales 245 adult and children’s hospices have received a total of £600,000. Since 1984, nearly £12,000,000 has been donated to hospices by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity. Freemasons and their families raise all donations, to assist hospices in their vital role in helping those affected by terminal or life limiting illness.
Speaking about the donation to St Catherine’s Hospice Ray said: “We believe it is essential to support the exceptional care provided by our local hospices and financial help is fundamental to ensuring these services can continue. The hospices’ incredible contribution to the community is valued highly here in West Lancashire and that is why we are so happy to support our local hospice.”