W Bro Chris Harding, Provincial Grand Mentor with the Shalom House Team
Shalom House hospice in St Davids has been chosen to receive a grant of £950 from West Wales Freemasons.
The grant from West Wales Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and will be used to support the specialist care they offer to those in the later stages of life limiting illness.
This is just one of 245 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 £450,000 which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 65per cent funding from the NHS. A further £150,000 will be provided to the national charity for hospice care, Hospice UK, in a pilot partnership aimed at developing and extending bereavement support services in hospices.
Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £12 million in England and Wales since 1984 and are continuing to increase at a rate of £600,000 a year.
Judith Thomas from Shalom House hospice said:
“We’re very grateful to West Wales Freemasons for their generous grant, which will help us to continue to provide equitable, free, care and respite for adults (over 18 years) of Pembrokeshire with life limiting illness.”
Stephen Hookey from West Wales Freemasons said:
“I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist Shalom House hospice. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times.