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Masons cheque presentation hospiceOngoing support by Island Freemasons for the annual Earl Mountbatten Hospice calendar has reached a welcome cash milestone.

Each year since 2006, Freemasons from all 16 local lodges have sold the popular calendar and their efforts this year helped push the total money from calendar sales way past the £20,000 barrier.

This year’s calendar was part sponsored by the Yarborough Masonic Lodge Number 551 and John Watson, immediate past master, and Pat Newman, charity steward attended the Hospice’s John Cheverton Centre to hand over money raised from sales of this year’s calendar – £2639.50 – and to reveal the current grand total of money accumulated – £22,594.50.

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Both masons were then given a tour of the John Cheverton Centre after which John said:

“I was very impressed by this facility. It has a very welcoming and peaceful feel about it. The range of services provided by the staff and volunteers, who are all very dedicated and passionate about their work, makes this a fantastic asset to the Island. We should all be proud of it and give our ongoing support to in any way we can.”

Pat added:

“Freemasons have been long standing supporters of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and will continue to be so. As in most walks of life, every lodge knows of someone who has been cared for so well at the Hospice.”

Katie Radburn, corporate and major donor fundraiser, said everyone at EMH was grateful for the ongoing support of the Island’s Masonic movement.

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She said:

“Every year we create a stunning calendar which showcases the beautiful Island views by Isle of Wight photographers, and the tremendous support from all Lodges on the Island selling these calendars means we can continue to provide care for people with life limiting illnesses. It shows the continued success of the Hospice calendar and the sales techniques of the many Freemasons. A huge thank you to them.”

Photographed L-R: Lesley Evans, Pat Newman, John Watson, Rosemary Bohn, Linda Prendergast

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