The team at Pemburys’s Hospice in the Weald are rejoicing in the receipt of a grant  from the Mark Master Masons of Kent wholly funded by its 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, to recognise the contribution made by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to the service of the Crown and the life of the nation.

Located in Royal Tunbridge  Wells, Hospice in the Weald provides care for patients with a terminal illness, and those important to them, in West Kent and Northern East Sussex.

R.W. Bro Archie Torrance, the Provincial Grand Master for Kent said, “We are absolutely delighted that the members of the Province have chosen to support the Hospice in the Weald. 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. €

Lou Wardle, Head of Fundraising at Hospice in the Weald, seen above on the right, said: €œWe are so incredibly grateful for your kind and very generous donation. Hospice in the Weald strives to ensure that no one within our community faces the challenges of living with terminal illness alone or unsupported. We are here for patients from the time of diagnosis to support and care for them every step of the way.   Thanks to every pound donated, your gift enables us to deliver this support and the outstanding care provision we pride ourselves on, to those who need it, making a huge difference to many hundreds of patients and their families each year. On behalf of myself, the teams at Hospice in the Weald and the patients and families we care for, thank you. €