The Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman Frank Umbers, accompanied by group vice chairman Graham Chambers, visited St Joseph’s Hospice in Thornton, Liverpool, on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation to present a cheque for £2,610 to the hospice.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation is funded entirely by the kind generosity of Freemasons and their families and is one of the largest grant-making charities within the country. Most of the support the MCF delivers is in the form of financial grants to individuals and families to assist with daily living costs or provide specific items or services.
In addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation awards £1,000,000s each year to local and national charities including providing donations to local hospices to help fund the vital services they provide.
Julie McAdam, Senior Community Fundraiser for St Joseph’s Hospice, was very grateful to receive the donation and explained how the money helps towards the funding of the in-patient care, covering the costs for the patients’ individual needs, which includes hands-on nursing.
Julie also explained that St Joseph’s Hospice is the oldest and largest hospice on Merseyside and was founded in 1962 by Father Francis O’Leary, a priest of the Mill Hill Mission working in Rawalpindi. Father Francis set up the charity in Liverpool to raise money for hospices overseas beginning in Rawalpindi, with a hospice being opened in that city in 1964. In 1972 the charity bought its current site in Thornton, Merseyside and the old house there was refurbished and opened as a hospice on 19 March 1974.
The hospice provides long-term, specialised end of life care for patients with a wide range of life-limiting conditions. With a 29 bed inpatient unit which is located within a conservation area and 12 acres of natural woodland. Their healthcare teams care for over 200 patients and their families from across Liverpool, Sefton and West Lancashire every year, providing care and support for as long as they need it. The hospice is only partially funded by the NHS and so fundraising is a vital part of the hospice’s work needing to raise £8,750 every day to keep their services running.