Thames Hospice Receives £60000 from Freemasons

Thames Hospice, situated on Hatch Lane in Windsor, has received donations totalling £60,000 from the Provincial Grand Lodges of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and the MCF (Masonic Charitable Foundation) which receive donations from English a Welsh Freemasons.

The contributions of Freemasons from the two counties have enabled the collaboration which has resulted in this significant sum being donated for the benefit of the community.

The donation will help towards the build of two dedicated rooms in the new £22 million pound hospice currently under construction by Bray Lake.

These will be quiet areas for reflection and remembering loved ones as well as offering help and advice.

This new facility, which will open in a year’s time, will replace the existing hospice which opened in 1987 but is no longer able to meet the needs of the increasing number of people who need their care and services.

Inpatient beds will increase from 17 to 28 and there will be areas to cater for therapeutic and social activities to support patients.

Debbie Raven, the Chief Executive of Thames Hospice thanked Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Freemasons saying: “I cannot thank the Freemasons enough for their generous support towards our new Hospice. This donation comes on top of several others from their charitable funds and the incredible support they have given to us over many years. It will make a significant difference to our patients and their families.

John Clark, Leader of Buckinghamshire Freemasons, said: “The Freemasons of Buckinghamshire are delighted to be part of this joint initiative supporting the essential work performed by Thames Hospice. We look forward to establishing a long and fruitful relationship with them.”

Anthony Howlett-Bolton, Leader of Berkshire Freemasons said: “Working together with our fellow freemasons in Buckinghamshire and the MCF has allowed us to make a significant contribution to Thames Hospice to help them in the wonderful work they are doing to help families across our counties.”