Freemasonry caring in the community

The plaque at the entrance to Trinity Hospice.

The plaque at the entrance to Trinity Hospice.

Three of the most prominent Fylde Freemasons, were warmly welcomed at the Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice in Blackpool when they had the pleasure of presenting a sizeable cheque to the hospice on behalf of the fraternity. Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox, Blackpool Group Chairman Peter Bentham, and North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith proudly represented Freemasonry when they handed David Houston, Chief Executive of Trinity Hospice a donation to the value of £4,556 from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity.

Each year the Freemasons’ Grand Charity makes donations to many charitable projects and services, as well as providing relief grants for 100’s of individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty. Since 1980 the charity has donated over £100,000,000 to such projects and services.

Trinity Hospice and Brian House are remarkable places. They can certainly be places of great sadness but they are also places of happiness, hope, and acts of astonishing kindness. Demand for hospice care has never been higher but Trinity and Brian House receive only limited funding from central sources and must rely on the generosity of supporters to keep operating.

Freemasonry has been a major supporter of Trinity and other hospices throughout the Country and the quote by Dr Albert Schweitzer displayed immediately outside the main entrance of the Trinity Hospice could well be referring to the shared goals of Freemasonry: “Here at whatever hour you come, you will find light and help and human kindness”.

Accompanying David Houston in welcoming the trio of distinguished Masons were Linzi Young, Head of Fundraising for the hospice and Lisa Martin, the Community Fundraiser and on receiving the cheque, David indicated that the money would be used in providing the hospice’s recently launched pilot overnight ‘Hospice at Home’ service. The initiative really underlines a determination to provide people with more options around their care. For some patients, staying at home is their final and greatest wish and the support of Trinity’s specially trained nurses will make it possible for more people to achieve it.

Harry, Peter, and Duncan discussed many aspects of the work and services of Trinity Hospice and Brian House with David and his colleagues, work that touches the lives of thousands of people across the Fylde. Linzi and Lisa were particularly keen to inform Harry, Peter and Duncan of their fundraising activities in the run-up to Christmas, focusing on sponsored Santa walks and cycle rides along the promenade of Blackpool. It will seem that everyone will believe in Santa Claus on those days and hopefully the full spirit of Christmas will come to illuminate the Blackpool front.

Pictured, from left to right, are: Peter Bentham, Harry Cox, Linzi Young, David Houston, and Duncan Smith.

Pictured, from left to right, are: Peter Bentham, Harry Cox, Linzi Young, David Houston, and Duncan Smith.