Freemasons present £5000 donation to Hospices
Our Hospices were delighted to receive nearly £5,000 from the Freemasons of Surrey as part of a scheme where the group make major donations to selected charities. The Surrey for Surrey scheme which was created in 2009 has meant more than 130 charities have benefited from the donations made over the past six years.
This year’s presentations were made at The Masonic Centre in Surbiton on Thursday 10th December, and the Provincial Grand Master, Eric Stuart-Bamford presented the donations totalling almost £160,000 to sixteen charities. The event was attended by Masons, their wives and partners as well as representatives of each of the charities and the Provincial Grand Master handed over £4,928 shared between Woking Hospice and Sam Beare Hospice.
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has been a long-time supporter of hospice care and has since 1984, donated millions to hospices across England & Wales. The money donated is raised entirely by Freemasons and their families as well as from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity, who set aside a portion of their charitable funds specifically for hospices all over the country and invite them to apply for funding with the aim of assisting hospices in their vital role of helping those affected by terminal or life limiting illnesses.
Spokesman for the Surrey Provincial Charity Committee, Nick Parsons said “This is the eleventh such cheque presentation event organised by the Surrey for Surrey Scheme, which pools together donations from members of different Freemasons Lodges and Chapters across Surrey, in an effort to make a significant impact for each charity. All this money has been raised by Freemasons and their families.”
For more information about the Surrey Freemasons visit their website.
To find out more about what our Hospices do see here.
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