Paul Sartori hospice in Haverfordwest has been chosen to receive a grant of £400 and Shalom House in St Davids has been chosen to receive £645 from West Wales Freemasons.
The grants from West Wales Freemasons come through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and will be used help Paul Sartori Hospice at Home and Shalom House to continue to offer specialist care throughout Pembrokeshire.
These are just two of 237 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £600,000 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. A further £300,000 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 develop and extend bereavement support services in hospices.
Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £13 million in England and Wales since 1984 and are continuing to increase at a rate of £600,000 a year.
In addition to the £400 grant from the MCF, The Provincial Grand Master and Ruling Master of Cleddau Lodge in Haverfordwest presented a cheque for £275 to Paul Sartori which had been raised at the final meeting of the lodge.
Toni Dorkings from Paul Sartori hospice said:
“We’re very grateful to West Wales Freemasons for their generous grant, which will be used help us to continue to offer specialist care throughout Pembrokeshire."
Stephen Hookey from West Wales Freemasons said:
“I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist Paul Sartori hospice and Shalom House. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times."