Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £12 million in England and Wales since 1984 and are continuing to increase at a rate of £600,000 a year.
Janet O’Hara, grants, trusts and legacies fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice said: “We’re very grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous grant, which will allow us to continue to provide vital support for patients and their families. They have supported us every year since the hospice opened and their continued support is greatly appreciated.”
Barrie Cooper from the Friendly Lodge 1513 in Barnsley said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist Barnsley Hospice. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times.”
Donations from the Barnsley community help the hospice raise the £2.2m it needs each year to care for patients and their families. A further £1.6m is provided by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).