West Wales Freemasons have once again chosen Paul Sartori Hospice at Home to benefit from their annual awards in association with the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). Paul Sartori, a local charity providing end-of-life care and support in Pembrokeshire, has welcomed the grant during an exceptional 2 years where all services have been impacted by the pandemic, but the provision has continued.

The grant, of £500, from the West Wales Freemasons comes via the MCF Hospice Fund and will be used to assist Paul Sartori Hospice at Home in continuing to deliver the end-of-life care and support in the county. This award has come during an extraordinary time for the charity as they continue to circumnavigate the path of COVID-19, and where income too remains uncertain.

Although Paul Sartori continue to support the community, they do acknowledge that without the generosity and support of the community, they would not be able to maintain services and meet demand. The team are passionate about providing free support to people living in the final stages of any life-limiting illness, including cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and continue to remain flexible and adaptable to help individuals to die at home with dignity and independence, if that is their wish.

Presenting the cheque outside Paul Sartori House (left to right) – Amanda Elmes Equipment Assistant, Judith Williams Grants Coordinator, James Ross and Chris Harding of West Wales Freemasons, Jacky Berry Assistant Clinical Coordinator

Jacky Berry, Assistant Clinical Coordinator said “We are very grateful for the recent donation from the West Wales Freemasons. Any donation is truly appreciated as our services are in great demand. The money will go towards providing specialist palliative care from our Nurses and Nursing Assistants.”

“I am delighted we’ve been able to assist Paul Sartori Hospice at Home. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through difficult times,” said James Ross, Head of West Wales Freemasons.

This is just one of 227 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £600,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year.

This includes £300,000 which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 60 per cent funding from the NHS. A further £300,000 will be provided to individual hospices across England and Wales via Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care. The MCF is partnering with Hospice UK to re-imagine day hospice services.

Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £15 million in England and Wales since 1984.

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