Essex Freemasons donate £25,000 to Havering charities


Essex Freemasons donate £25,000 to Havering charities

(Romford Recorder, 08 June 2018)

 

Essex Freemasons have donated £25,000 to Havering charities.

Members donated £20,000 to Saint Francis Hospice and £5,00 to Havering Home Start.

The money donated to Saint Francis Hospice will be used to fund a “Bereavement Buddies” pilot programme for the next 12 months.

Given via the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) – the Freemasons own charity- the money will support 150 families across the entire Havering and West Essex area before and following a bereavement.

The grant will initially cover the cost of recruiting and training 20 volunteers to act as “Bereavement Buddies”.

The “Bereavement Buddies” will help people feel less lonely and isolated by providing advice and support, or calling in for a cup of tea and a chat – and most importantly – by just being there.

Pam Court from the hospice explained: “People affected by a life-limiting illness often experience feelings of acute social isolation.

“Many find it difficult to talk to friends and family after the loss of a loved one which is why we badly needed this money to fund this vital work.

“We are dependent upon our wonderful volunteers to help deliver our services.

“Last year the total number of hours donated to the hospice by our volunteers was over 128,440 which equates in value, if each person were employed, to just over £1.5 million.

“I would like to personally thank the Essex Freemasons for their very generous grant”.

The money donated to Home Start will help the charity to …

 

 

Essex Freemasons donate £25,000 to Havering charities

 

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