Barnsley Hospice has received a grant of £1,000 from the Freemasons. The grant comes from the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons via the society’s nationwide Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and will be used to support hospice running costs.

John Rushworth, MCF Member for West Riding Freemasons said: “We’re very pleased to be 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 in their lives.”

Janet O’Hara, grants, trusts and legacies fundraisier at the hospice, said: “We’re very grateful to West Riding Freemasons for their generous grant, which will help us fund patient services in these challenging times for our whole community.”

The Freemasons are dedicated supporters of hospices in England and Wales. Working with Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care, they will donate 203 grants totally £750,000 to hospices this year. Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £14 million since 1984.

Barnsley Hospice is a charity and needs to raise more than £2m each year to fund patient care and support for families. It relies entirely on donations and fundraising to achieve this amount. An additional £1.6m is provided by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to support its work.

Established in 1994, Barnsley Hospice provides compassionate, high-quality care for anyone in the borough with a progressive life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease.