Freemasons give hospice a boost

MASONS MONEY ... Vanessa Mustard-Wright with Worshipful Brother John David Watts at St Clares Hospice.

MASONS MONEY ... Vanessa Mustard-Wright with Worshipful Brother John David Watts at St Clares Hospice.

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FREEMASONS have provided a welcome cash boost to patient care in South Tyneside.

A total of £1,635 was donated to St Clare’s Hospice, as part of a charitable tradition stretching back hundreds of years.

The hospice in Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, has annual operating costs of almost £2m, with the money used for the care of patients suffering from terminal and life-limiting illnesses.

The cash is spent on respite care, outpatient services and residential care at the hospice. The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has been helping good causes such as St Clare’s across the country since 1984, and has already donated £9.9m towards the operating costs of hospice services across England and Wales.

Freemasons and their families support the grant-making charity.

Vanessa Mustard-Wright, senior fundraiser at St Clare’s Hospice, said: “We were delighted to receive £1,635, which will make a real difference to us being able to reach our targets.

“The money granted enables us to continue providing specialist services to both patients and their families, at a time when they need us most.”

Worshipful Brother John David Watts, assistant provincial grandmaster with the Freemasons, said: “Every year, we invite independent hospices like St Clare’s to apply to our Grand Charity scheme for a grant to assist with annual running costs.

“Hospice care is a very important cause to our members, as we seem to have all known or heard of someone who has received care in one way or another from a hospice.

“We are delighted to be able to help St Clare’s continue providing their services.”

The work of the Grand Charity reflects the Freemasons’ commitment to good causes, stretching back 300 years.

St Clare’s has been providing care to the local community since 1987. Anyone wish to make a donation to St Clare’s should call 451 6400, visit

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