Freemasons give cash to hospice near Melton and two other regional hospices

Chris Gatfield from Dove Cottage (left) receives award from David Hagger (right) PHOTO: Andy Greeen

Chris Gatfield from Dove Cottage (left) receives award from David Hagger (right) PHOTO: Andy Greeen

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Thousands of pounds have once again been handed over to a hospice near Melton Mowbray and two regional hospices by the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons.

An award of £500, was presented to Dove Cottage Day Hospice in Stathern, which offers palliative care and support to people living with advanced progressive life limiting illness.

Manager Chris Gatfield said: “On behalf of everyone at Dove Cottage, I would like to thank the Freemasons very much indeed for supporting us.

“It has been now 20 years that Dove Cottage has been providing hospice day care in the north west of Leicestershire. We support 100 families each week and last year we opened a second unit to support people in the Rutland area.”

The organisation made a donation of £5,437 to Leicester Hospice Charity LOROS and Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, in Loughborough, was given £2,218. The event was hosted by the Provincial Grand Master, David Hagger, at Freemasons’ Hall in Leicester.

Mr Hagger said: “I’m proud and delighted that through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, we have been able to make a contribution to our local communities by supporting these worthwhile hospices providing essential care.”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Masonic families with a financial, health or family need.

For more information about MCF visit www.mcf.org.uk