Cheshire Freemasons continue in their efforts to support the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester with a presentation of £ 2,850.00 made by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Area 2 Gary Raymond Horstman who was accompanied by his wife Susan on this special visit.
Abi Smith the Corporate Fund Raiser led a tour round the Hospice including the recently finished extension to the Hospice which includes a new reception area, café, consultant room (funded by a Cheshire Freemason’s Charity donation in 2017 ), and a multi faith room to allows families to spend some quiet time.
Caroline Siddall Income Generation Director for the Hospice explained the history of Good Shepherd and posed for photographs
The original idea for the Hospice at Chester was put forward by Mrs Vivien Smith who realised that the philosophy that a patient with a life limiting illness needed not only excellent medical and nursing care but also support for their practical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. At her retirement speech in 1984 as Matron of the Royal Infirmary in Chester, Vivien announced that she was going to build a Hospice for Chester and the surrounding areas.
Raising the funds for the building took 3 years to reach the target of £ 600,000.00 a large sum in those days, however in 1989 the Hospice was opened by HRH Diana Princess of Wales.
Between 1989 and today many developments have been undertaken at the Hospice to enable the support given to families to grow and also to keep up with the continuing needs of the community.
In addition to the donation given it has to be recognised that many Lodges, not only in the Chester Area, but throughout the Province, support the Hospice and our continued support is welcomed and appreciated by all the staff at the Hospice and of course by all the families who used the facilities offered.