Masons Make Donation To Carlisle Hospice

Staff and volunteers at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw are celebrating receiving a grant from the Mark Master Masons of Cumberland & Westmorland wholly funded by its charity, the Mark Benevolent Fund.

Barry Kirkbride, Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Cumberland and Westmorland, and Deborah Skelton, Day Hospice Team Lead

The donation, which is part of a major capital grant of £1.3m to more than 250 hospices in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the 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.

Barry Kirkbride, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Cumberland and Westmorland, said: “We are absolutely delighted that members of the Province have chosen to support Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw. 

“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.”

Stephanie Lacaille-Burton, Head of Income Generation & Marketing at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, Cumbria’s Children’s Hospice, said: “This generous donation is very much appreciated.  

“Despite many of the restrictions that have limited our fundraising activity since the start of Covid, we are proud to say that our in-patient care has carried on uninterrupted for those local people with life-limiting illnesses.  

“We’re so thankful to the Mark Masons of Cumberland & Westmorland as their wonderful support will ensure that this vital care continues.”