Staff and volunteers at Aylesford’s Heart of Kent Hospice, which  Last year cared for over 1,700 patients and their families, are celebrating receipt of a grant  from the Mark Master Masons of Kent wholly funded by our  national charity, the Mark  Benevolent Fund.

The donation, which is part of a Major Capital Grant of £1.3m to over 250 hospices in  England, Wales, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, recognises the contribution made  by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to the service of the Crown and the life  of the nation.

Rachel Street, Interim Chief Executive of Heart of Kent Hospice said, €œWe are  enormously grateful to the Mark Benevolent Fund and the members of the four local  Lodges (Manor of Chatham, Pilgrims, Malling Abbey  and Richard Watts), who nominated us so warmly for a £4,000 share  of the exceptional grant being distributed to Hospices.” She continued “We appreciate the Mark Benevolent Fund €™s recognition of how difficult it has been for  Hospices to fundraise in recent times. This money will provide compassionate care  to people who are living with a terminal illness in Maidstone and the surrounding  towns and villages and will extend to those who are most important to them. Thank  you so much. €

R.W. Bro Archie Torrance responded by saying “We are  absolutely delighted that the members of the Province have chosen to support    Heart of Kent Hospice. We are all aware of the toll that the pandemic has taken on  charities across the country and hope that this small gift will go some way to help  enhance patient care and provide improved facilities for those in need and their  families. €