14th October 2015

Ladies’ night celebration of hospice care

Members of a Worcester Masonic Lodge have raised £2,000 to help support hospice care in Worcestershire.

The Worshipful Master of Elgar Lodge Mark Taylor, and his wife Chrissi, hosted the evening event on Saturday 25th April to thank his wife and fellow members’ wives for supporting the Lodge during his year as Master. As is customary, the event raised money for the Worshipful Master’s chosen charities: St Richard’s Hospice and Primrose Hospice.

These two local charities became close to their hearts after Mark’s Dad, Norman Taylor, who had pancreatic cancer, was cared for by the staff at St Richard’s Hospice, and supported by Helen Garfield the CEO of Primrose Hospice, before his death in April this year.

The evening raised £1,500 for St Richard’s Hospice and £500 for Primrose Hospice thanks to the generosity of the members of Elgar Lodge, along with other lodges and family and friends who attended. The money raised will pay for a patient to receive specialist end of life care in St Richard’s Hospice’s In-patient Unit for 3.5 days and will pay for around 9 hours of qualified nursing care for patients at Primrose

Mark Taylor said; “It’s not until you see at first hand the individual care provided, not only to the patient but also the support they provide to the family both during the illness and afterwards, that you realise what a wonderful facility we have available to us in Worcestershire. To ensure that these facilities continue to be available to other families, it is so important that local hospices, along with all support and volunteer groups, are well supported by the public.”