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Freemasons donate £10,000 to Pilgrims Hospices

Volunteers and staff from the Pilgrims Hospice and the Freemasons with the £10,000 cheque
Volunteers and staff from the Pilgrims Hospice and the Freemasons with the £10,000 cheque

A national charity has donated £10,000 to Pilgrims Hospices in East Kent, after months of dedicated fundraising.

The money was donated by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, and will be divided equally between the hospices in Canterbury, Margate and Ashford.

Presenting the money Peter Rodd, Assistant Provincial Grand Master said:

“Local lodge members, including those in Canterbury and Thanet, have contributed significantly to the donations. Providing support in this way has meant a lot to our members as the hospice is a charity that most people have had some experience of receiving support from and it makes such a huge contribution to our community. The work Pilgrims Hospices does is inspiring and we are looking forward to continuing and developing our support for the charity.”

Cate Russell, Pilgrims Hospices’ new Chief Executive, said:

“Thank you to the Freemasons for this generous donation and for the support they have given since our first hospice opened over 33 years ago. Pilgrims Hospices care for patients and their families every day of the year, round the clock to make sure they do not die in pain or distress.

None of us know when we might need that support, we are dedicated to ensuring that local people living with a terminal illness are able to access the extraordinary care and comfort they need, when and where they need it. It costs £14 million a year to run these hospice services across east Kent and £11 million of that is raised from the local community. Over each of our hospice doors is a sign saying ‘provided by the people of east Kent for the people of east Kent’ and donations like this are vital for our future.”

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