Three Huddersfield area hospices have received a funding boost from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Representatives from Dalton’s Kirkwood Hospice, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice at Bracken Hall, and Elland’s Overgate Hospice, met at Kirkwood to receive grants totalling over £5,000.
Gerald Dickinson and John Gledhill presented cheques on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Kirkwood received £2,240, Overgate £1,580 and Forget Me Not £1541, calculated on the number of beds and community services each hospice provides.
The three hospices must raise a combined total approaching £15m annually to maintain services and support for families.
Wasim Hussain, speaking for the three recipients, said: “State funding provides only a small percentage of the money we need to maintain what is a vital service in the community.
“In this our 30th year at Kirkwood, we need to generate £7m annually. This is why every penny counts for each of us in donations large or small.”
Lynn Berry was particularly appreciative of the cheque for Overgate and explained that she had become a volunteer helper in recognition of the care her late husband, David, a Freemason, had received at the Elland hospice.
The Freemasons’ Charitable Foundation has provided a £600,000-plus hand-out for hospices this year throughout England and Wales and achieved a £12m milestone since its support began in 1984.
This is in addition to monies given to local communities through West Riding Masonic Charities and earlier this year in Area Two Kirkwood received £25,000 for the purchase and installation of six profiling beds, and Kirklees Mencap at Lindley took delivery of a new 16-seater minibus with the help of a £26,000 Masons’ grant.