Barnsley Hospice boosted by Freemasons donation

10 January 2019

Barnsley Hospice has been chosen to receive a grant of £890 from Yorkshire West Riding Province Area 4 Freemasons.

The grant comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and will be used for running costs to help the hospice continue its care.

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.

Janet O’Hara, grants, trusts and legacies fundraiser from Barnsley Hospice said: “We’re very grateful to Yorkshire West Riding Province Area 4 Freemasons for their generous grant, which will allow us to provide vital support for our patients and their families.”

W.Bro Alan Hey from Yorkshire West Riding Province Area 4 Freemasons said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to assist Barnsley Hospice. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times.”

Donations from the Barnsley community help the hospice raise the £2.2m it needs each year to care for patients and their families. A further £1.6m is provided by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


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Attached photograph shows W.Bro Alan Hey (left) of Pengestone Lodge and W.Bro Barrie Cooper (right) from the Friendly Lodge, with Janet O’Hara, grants, trusts and legacies fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice.

About Barnsley Hospice

Barnsley Hospice is based in Gawber and provides specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease. It has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care at the on-site Limes Support and Therapy Centre.

Barnsley Hospice is based on Church Street, S75 2RL and has been providing care since 1994.

For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to or call 01226 244244.

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About the Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief.  In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Masonic families with a financial, health or family need. Visit

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