Masons present cheque to Chestnut Tree House

Paul Rose, head of the Masonic Order in Sussex, and his deputy Bernard Marchant present the �2,500 cheque to Caroline Roberts-Quigley, community fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House children's hospice
Paul Rose, head of the Masonic Order in Sussex, and his deputy Bernard Marchant present the �2,500 cheque to Caroline Roberts-Quigley, community fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House children's hospice

The head of the Red Cross of Constantine, the Masonic Order for Sussex, has visited Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice to present a cheque for £2,500.

Paul Rose had been asked to nominate a charity to receive a donation from the Grand Sovereign’s Care For Children Fund. The Grand Sovereign is the head of the order for England, Wales and its divisions and conclaves overseas.

Mr Rose and his deputy, Bernard Marchant, were met by the hospice’s community fundraiser, Caroline Roberts-Quigley, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the hospice, near Arundel.

Paul said he was extremely pleased to make the presentation, as it would be well used and would benefit those using the facilities.

He added: “It amused me that while waiting for the fundraiser to meet us, we witnessed a few children playing a game of chase around a table, accompanied by much laughter and giggling.

“It reminded us that they are still children suffering from a terrible condition, but being well cared for.”

There are potentially 1,000 families with life-limited children in Sussex. Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family, including psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.

It currently costs well over £3.5million each year to provide all the hospice’s care services. Families are never charged for their care and less than 7p in every pound is funded by the government, so the charity relies heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.

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