(by Lewis Clarke, DevonLive, 8 MAR 2019)
Freemasons in Exeter have donated hundreds to Hospiscare’s Searle House.
This year as part of their annual support of hospices throughout the country the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury presenting a certificate denoting the £1388 given on behalf of the Devonshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation to Julie Wakley, inpatient unit team leader accompanied by Cherry Bailey and Louise Beeken of Hospiscare’s Searle House Hospice in Exeter.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation grants each year £600,000 to the 245 hospices in England and Wales, including nearly £7,000 to seven hospices here in Devon as part of the £12 million total given since 1984. This includes £300,000 which will be distributed between hospices that each receives less than 65 per cent funding from the NHS. A further £300,000 will be provided to the national charity for hospice care, Hospice UK, in a partnership aimed at developing and extending bereavement support services in hospices.
The Freemasons have been long term supporters of Hospiscare’s Searle House and along with individual donations made by many of the 133 Lodges that meet throughout the county and the Masonic Charitable foundation together, have donated nearly £105,000 to Hospiscare.
On receiving the certificate, Julie Wakley said…