The Community Palliative Care team at Royal Trinity Hospice has received an £11,000 donation from the Mark Benevolent Fund on behalf of Mark Master Masons of London.

The donation, which is part of a major capital grant of £1.3m to over 250 hospices in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, recognises the contribution made by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to the service of the Crown and the life of the nation.

Trinity’s Community Palliative Care team provides specialist end of life and palliative care, expertise and support to people across south west and central London living in their own homes, care homes, nursing homes, homeless shelters and prisons. Last year, nearly 1,745 patients benefited from their support through 850 home visits and 29,500 phone calls or virtual appointments.

Nurses in Trinity’s Community Palliative Care team have rapidly adapted to the challenges faced throughout the pandemic to ensure that patients throughout the community can continue to benefit from their expertise. All of Trinity’s patients also benefit from the skills of a multidisciplinary team of therapists, counsellors, healthcare assistants, social workers and welfare advisors.

Tom Quinn, Provincial Grand Master for London said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the members of the Province have chosen to support Royal Trinity Hospice. We are all aware of the toll that the pandemic has taken on charities across the country and hope that this small gift will go some way to help enhance patient care and provide improved facilities for those in need and their families.”

Anthony Davison, Director of Fundraising at Royal Trinity Hospice said:

“We are thrilled to receive this donation from the Mark Benevolent Fund to help us reach people across south west and central London who need our support, care and expertise in their own homes.

The donation from the Mark Benevolent Fund is even more meaningful this year as we celebrate Trinity’s 130th anniversary. We have benefited from the generous support of Freemasonry throughout our long history, from the first years after the hospice was established right through into our 130th year.”