Hospice Receives £20,000 To Develop Bereavement Services

Willowbrook Hospice has recently been chosen to receive a £20, 000 grant from the West Lancashire Freemasons to extend and develop pre and post bereavement support services.

In October 2017, the Masonic Charitable Foundation in partnership with Hospice UK, invited bids for funding from hospices who wished to expand the support they offer for bereaved families and individuals. Applications were received from 90 hospices throughout England

The grant will be used to develop a new service called ‘Willowbrook Connections’, the aim of which will be to help meet family and carer needs for those whose loved ones have or are currently receiving specialist palliative care across St Helens or Knowsley – whether this be at Willowbrook Hospice itself (inpatient, day therapy and outpatient services) through Whiston palliative care team or palliative services in the community.

Janet Barlow – Family support Therapist at Willowbrook – who was involved in submitting the bid said: “We are extremely grateful to receive a £20, 000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation which will enable us to extend and develop our current services so that we’re able to support even more local people (including children and young people) both pre and post bereavement.”

Leslie Newman, West Lancashire Freemasons’ Group Charity Steward said: “The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded this grant to Willowbrook Hospice in recognition and support of the work they do in the communities of St Helens and Knowsley. This is the largest grant we have ever made to a Hospice and shows The Masonic Charitable Foundation and Willowbrook Hospice working together for and on behalf of our community.”

Main photo – Staff and Trustees from Willowbrook Hospice alongside members of West Lancashire Freemasons’ Group.


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