Masons lodge money with hospice

Two leading members of a City of London Masonic Lodge have visited a local hospice to present money raised over the course of a weekend and see at first hand some of the work that the hospice does for people affected by a life-limiting illness. 
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Ernie Abbott, the Secretary, and Keith Wells the Treasurer of St. Augustine's Lodge of Contentment that meets in Holborn presented Anne Brown, the Head of Fundraising at Saint Francis Hospice, with a cheque for £1,000 raised over the course of the Lodge's Ladies festival held over a weekend on the Isle of Wight.

Ernie said: "Charity is at the heart of what we do as a Lodge. At the weekend away members put up prizes for a raffle and rather embarrassingly Keith won the main prize!"

Keith added: "My wife Linda suggested we support Saint Francis Hospice as a lot of our members come from East London and Essex and her father had wanted to be cared for by Saint Francis Hospice although he sadly died before that was possible." Keith is also a member of the Valence Lodge that meets in Upminster and it also makes annual donations to the work of Saint Francis Hospice.

Accepting the cheque Anne Brown said: "We are so grateful to Ernie, Keith and all members of their Lodge for supporting our work caring for local people affected by any life-limiting illness. Our work is for everyone of whatever faith, colour or background and all our services are provided at no charge to patients and their families so we need lots of help to raise the £7.3 million that's our target this year."  

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Ernie Abbott (left) and Keith Wells present a cheque to Anne Brown by Saint Francis Hospice's Memory Tree.