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Representatives of several local Masonic lodges visited Pilgrims Hospice in Ashford to present the cheque.

Pilgrims Hospices received a vital boost this week, with a donation of over £10,000 from the Freemasons Grand Charity. Providing end of life care and support for patients and their families across east Kent for more than 30 years, Pilgrims now operates three hospices in Ashford, Canterbury and Margate.

Representatives of several local Masonic lodges visited Pilgrims Hospice in Ashford to present the cheque. They also had an opportunity for a guided tour and to learn how these funds would be used to provide a variety of essential support services to patients and their families.

Chief Executive Cate Russell gave an update on the work carried out by the charity, both in its centres and in the community, highlighting many new services. She said, “Our vision for hospice care is that everyone should have access to the services they need to cope with illness that cannot be cured and make the most of the time they have. We continually challenge ourselves to provide new services that both improve the quality of our patient’s lives - such as counselling, physiotherapy and complementary therapies.

“With a budget exceeding £1 Million each month, donations like these are vitally important.  We only receive around 23% of our funds direct try from the NHS, so we are heavily reliant upon the general public and the dedication of our many volunteer workers. We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from Freemasons in East Kent,” she added.

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Cate Russell and James Reuther

James Reuther, representing Ashford Freemasons said, “We’ve had a long association with Pilgrims Hospices and truly appreciate the care and dedication of the staff. We know that everyone in the community owes them a huge debt of gratitude and embrace the opportunity to work with them in the future. We are currently working to raise more funds to support the training of a palliative care nurse.”

For more information visit  http://www.pilgrimshospices.org/

 

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