South Tyneside Freemasons help boost children’s hospice funds

The Freemasons Gordon Finch hands funds over to Butterwick Hospice Care's Tracey Bowstead.'Back from left Peter Kelly, Norman Eric Heaviside and Graham Leggatt-Chidgey
The Freemasons Gordon Finch hands funds over to Butterwick Hospice Care's Tracey Bowstead.'Back from left Peter Kelly, Norman Eric Heaviside and Graham Leggatt-Chidgey

Charity fundraisers in South Tyneside have given a boost to a hospice which supports terminally ill children.

Kind-hearted Freemasons from across the borough have dug deep in aid of Butterwick Children’s Hospice.

We visited the hospice and we were just amazed at what they do for families.

Gordon Finch

The charity, based in Stockton, provides support to children and young people up to the age of 25 with life-limiting illnesses and their families – including those from the borough.

At the Lodge of the Fellowship in South Shields, a cheque was presented to the charity for £1,350.

A second cheque for £350 was presented to the Masons Grand charity for boys and girls.

Freemason Gordon Finch said: “Last year we donated £400 to Butterwick Children’s Hospice. We were invited to see the hospice and I was just amazed at what they do and how they support families.

“I also met a family from South Tyneside who were also benefitting from the services they offer.

“It was a great feeling to be able to hand over a cheque to the charity knowing just how much the money will help them.”

The event at the Masonic Lodge in South Shields was attended by the Provincial Grand Master Norman Eric Heaviside and his officers.

Butterwick House is a ‘home away from home’ with families being assigned 
keyworkers who ensure a child’s needs and abilities are met.

It also has a sensory garden and room, family room, a specially designed teenage and young adult unit and hydrotherapy pool.

Butterwick House Children’s Hospice is part of Butterwick Hospice Care.