WBro Simon Richardson, APGM for Area Five, last week attended the Halton Haven Hospice where he was delighted to be able to present a cheque to Chris Andrews, Fundraising Manager for Halton Haven. The Runcorn hospice is sharing in nearly £15,000 being donated to hospices by Cheshire Freemasons. Halton Haven Hospice will receive £1,580, the latest in £12 million given to hospices so far by the Freemasons nationally. The grant comes through the national Masonic Charitable Foundation, and will be used to ensure that those who most need hospice support in the area can access it.
Chris Andrews said: “We are so grateful to all at the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cheshire for this wonderfully kind donation. It is only thanks to the people and groups in our local community that we are able to continue caring for the people of Halton and surrounding areas who need us. “Without people like the Freemasons and their generosity, the Hospice wouldn’t be here. We consider ourselves very lucky to count the Freemasons as avid supporters of the Hospice, from the Provinces to the Groups to the local Lodges.”
The leader of Cheshire Freemasons, Stephen Blank from Altrincham, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist Halton Haven Hospice. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times. These grants from our central charity, the MCF, are in addition to grants that will be made to some of these and other hospices across Cheshire by the independent Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity, as well as individual lodges and Freemasons.”
WBro Simon Richardson said “it is humbling to see the good work the hospices do on a daily basis. It was a privilege to be able to make the donation on behalf of Cheshire Freemasons, just one of 245 grants totaling £600,000 being given to hospices across England and Wales this year by Freemasons”.
WBro Simon Richardson Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Runcorn area to Halton Haven Hospice, assisted by fellow Masons WBro Paul Rogerson and WBro Walter Yule, and a smiling Chris Andrews, Fundraising Manager for Halton Haven