MCF supports Yorkshire, West Riding bringing help to Children’s Hospices
Bank Holiday Friday saw our Provincial Grand Charity Steward on an exceptional road trip, paying visits to the three specialist children’s hospices in this Province - Martin House at Boston Spa, Bluebell Wood at Rotherham and Forget-Me-Not in Huddersfield.
No one could doubt that his trip counted as essential travel in these challenging times, as he was delivering 50 Samsung electronic tablets, complete with cases and software, for the use of children and families being cared for by these hospices.
The tablets are part of a consignment paid for by the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) through its £1m Covid response fund, developed and delivered in conjunction with United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) the 48 Provinces across England and Wales.
Times are challenging for all of us at the moment, but all the more so for those needing the help and support of these highly specialised services.
The tablets will be put to a variety of uses including better communication and contact with children and families still at home but receiving support to enhancing family and visitor contact with those receiving care in the hospices where visiting can be more difficult than normal.
At one hospice, Forget-Me-Not, they will be used to provide remote bereavement support and counselling to those who have lost children in recent weeks and months.
Provincial Grand Charity Steward Mike Holmes is pictured with staff handing over this vital equipment.
Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt said:“Circumstances are difficultenough for those needing the help of these wonderful centres, and the burdenis not helped by the restrictions of the current Covid-19 crisis.
We are delighted that these tablets can help to make things just a little bit easier for children and their families at this challenging time and to assist in easing their burden.
“We are deeply grateful to the MCF for helping us to provide this much needed and highly appreciated assistance as part of our on-going support to hospices across Yorkshire, West Riding.”