Bedfordshire Freemasons Donate £7,500 to Local Hospices
Bedfordshire Freemasons recently donated £7,435 to the four Hospices in Bedfordshire.
From Left to Right: Kevan Morrison (Business Development Manager at Bedford Day Care Hospice (BDC)), Tricia Cosford (Deputy Nurse Manager at BDC), Linda Byer (Nurse Manage at BDC) and Tony Henderson Provincial Grand Master of Bedfordshire
Linda Byer – the Nurse Manager at Bedford Day Care Hospice (BDC) – told us “Here at Bedford Day Care Hospice, we provide individualised holistic care for patients with life limiting illnesses”. Kevan Morrison, the Business Manager at BDC and a member of St Andrew Lodge commented, “As part of our Celebrations to Mark 300 Years of English Freemasonry, Freemasons intend to provide additional and on going support to local charities and good causes throughout 2017”.
From left to right: Rosemary McGreevy (Keech Children’s Hospice), Adam Wilson (Ampthill Lodge) and Nicky Blackwood (Keech Children’s Hospice)
Rebecca Eastwick, Keech Hospice Care’s fundraiser for North Beds told us “Keech is much more than just a brick building in Luton. Every day, Keech Hospice Care’s specially trained nurses are caring for children with life-limiting illnesses in schools, hospitals and homes all across Bedfordshire . We help them to make the most of the precious time they have and to make memories. Not only do we support the child but Mum and Dad, siblings, and wider family and friends to help make their lives easier. Our nurses talk to families about all the different services Keech Hospice Care can offer them such as music, play and art therapy. They also support parents at meetings to get the care their child so desperately needs . We help exhausted and worried mums and dads learn to cope better and look after their child who has very complex needs. You have to remember, looking after a sick child is tiring and your life often isn’t your own. The support of our local community and especially associations like Bedfordshire Freemasons helps us to keep reaching out to the families at the times when they need us the most. On behalf of Keech Hospice Care thank you for your ongoing support of our work”.
From left to right: Joy Leek (Keech Adult’s Hospice), Wendy MacKenzie (Keech Adult’s Hospice), Adam Wilson (Ampthill Lodge) and Sandra Elliss (Keech Adult’s Hospice)
Rebecca Eastwick of Keetch Hospice Care told us “Here at Keetch we have two Hospices, a Children’s and an Adults Hospice. The £4,300 donated by Bedfordshire Freemasons, will enable us to provide care to both children and adults who have life-limiting and terminal illnesses”. Adam Wilson, a local farmer, who plays in the front row for Ampthill Rugby Club, and is a member of Lovells Bury Lodge, which meets in Ampthill commented “Visiting the two Hospices at Keetch was a humbling experience. I am so proud that as part of our Celebrations Marking Three Hundred Years of English Freemasonry, Bedfordshire Freemasons have been able to support both Hospices”.
From right to left: Oliver Lees (Pupil Moggerhanger Lower School), Tracy Faulkner (Nurse St John’s Hospice), Arthur Lees (Pupil Moggerhanger Lower School)
Lily Coombs of St John’s Hospice told us “the £2,647 donated by Bedfordshire Freemasons could buy a Pressure Relieving Mattress to ensure that our patients with limited movement are as comfortable as possible. She went on to express St John’s most grateful thanks for the support provided by Bedfordshire Freemasons”. James Lees – Oliver and Arthur’s father – a Governor of Moggerhanger Lower School and a member of the Sandye Lodge, which meets in Biggleswade, commented, “Freemasonry is celebrating its 300th Birthday this year and as part of our Tercentenary Celebrations, we intend to give additional donations to support the communities we live in”.