Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice has been awarded a grant of £1,732 from Province of Yorkshire Freemasons.

The grant from Province of Yorkshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and will be used to help with running costs at the charity, which supports children and young adults whose lives are just too short.

This is just one of 237 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.  MCF is partnering with Hospice UK to develop and extend bereavement support services in hospices.

Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £13 million in England and Wales since 1984 and are continuing to increase at a rate of £600,000 a year.

Julie Booth, Trust and Legacy Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re very grateful to Province of Yorkshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will help us to keep our doors open for families facing the toughest of times across the region.”

Michael Speight from Province of Yorkshire Freemasons said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. They do an outstanding job helping children and young adults with life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times.”