On World Book Day a delegation of Cheshire Freemasons visited Claire House Children’s Hospice at Clatterbridge on the Wirral to be greeted by Hospice Staff , some in Fancy Dress.
Caption: left to right Stephen Blank Provincial Grand Master, David Pastor CEO (dressed as Harry Potter), Paul Massie Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Area 1 (West Wirral) , Lawren Luxton, Mallisa Henderson, Geoff Cunningham Chairman Area 1, Amanda Mitchell Fund Raiser, Peter Carroll Chairman of the Trustees of the Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity (CFC), Gary Horstman Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Area 2 (East Wirral), Colin Ross Provincial Grand Charity Steward and Bruce Dodd Estates Manager.
Provincial Grand Master Stephen Blank explained that “during 2017 Freemasons are celebrating their 300th Anniversary (Tercentenary ) and Cheshire Freemasons Charity (CFC) will be distributing in excess of £300,000 to Charities and worthy causes throughout Cheshire”.
The purpose of the visit to Claire House was to present on behalf of the CFC a cheque for £30,000 to the Hospice for the complete refurbishment of a bathroom, including the replacement of leaking windows and the installation of a high tech bath which features a light show, sound system and will provide a party atmosphere.
Claire House Children’s Hospice helps seriously and terminally ill children and young adults 0 – 23 yrs live life to the full, by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality and even fun to family life. There is a separate wing complete with bar, sound system and Xbox for teenagers and young adults. David Pastor CEO said “on behalf of the Claire House, I thank you Provincial Grand Master and the Masons of Cheshire, for this wonderful donation which will enable us to provide a state of the art bathing facility, seemingly small things like taking a bath in a fun environment or chatting and sharing a beer or listening to music can make a huge difference to the quality of life of our children and young people”.
Claire House is about far more than just care. It is a place for children to relax and enjoy themselves, whatever their age. They can have fun in the multi-sensory room, art room, hydrotherapy pool and jacuzzi. By providing specialist nursing care and emotional support the Hospice help families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.
When Claire House Children’s Hospice opened in December 1998 they were only looking after 10 families. Now they support over 400!
“Cheshire Freemasons supporting our Community” is a strap line being used throughout 2017 and recipients like Clair House Hospice have been happy to acknowledge the freely given donations made by Cheshire Masons.