Francis House in Wythenshawe Manchester has been chosen to receive a grant of £3,004 from West Lancashire Freemasons through the Masonic Charitable Foundation and will be used for the continuing care for children and young adults with life threatening conditions. They also provide support and friendship for the whole family.
This is just one of 245 grants to hospices around the country donated by Freemasons. A total of £600,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year by the MCF, of which £31,000 has been donated to 13 hospices in the Province of West Lancashire.
On hand to make the presentation to Francis House were Assistant Provincial Grand Master Dave Walmsley, South Eastern Group Chairman David Durling and Eccles Group Secretary Jonathan Platt.
When presenting the cheque to Francis House’s Fundraising Officer Rachel Astill, Dave said: “I am very proud to present the cheque on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and hoped that the cheque would go some way towards providing continuous support to those in need of the wonderful service that Francis House provides.”
Rachel Astill responded by thanking Dave and the rest of the party, saying: “We’re very grateful to West Lancashire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will be a tremendous help in our continuing programme of providing the best possible care.”
Fundraising Manager, Peter Forster, sent his grateful thanks again to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for this generous donation saying: “These funds will go a long way in supporting the work we do here to help families of children with life-shortening conditions.”
For further information on the work of Francis House Children’s Hospice, visit their website at www.francishouse.org.uk
Article and photograph by Tom Fredrickson.