On 6th April, local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell received a generous donation of £500 from Farnham Rock Choir and the Farnham Masonic Centre. The money was raised at a Tercentenary Dinner held by the Waverley Masonic Lodge last September, to celebrate 300 years of English Freemasonry. Farnham Rock Choir entertained the guests at the dinner, which was attended by the Mayor of Farnham, Michael Hodge. Both Tom George of Rock Choir and Trevor Boswell, Master of Waverley Masonic Lodge, chose to donate the money raised to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.
“We would like to thank Farnham Rock Choir and the Farnham Masonic Centre for their much-appreciated generosity and support,” said Charli Quay-Barnham, Community Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “£500 could pay for nearly three days’ care from one of our Hospice Care at Home (HCAH) nurses, who visit patients who have chosen to spend their last days, and to die, at home, instead of in hospital or at the Hospice. Our HCAH nurses offer compassionate nursing care, as well as emotional understanding and support, to both patients and their families at this difficult time.”
Every day, Phyllis Tuckwell supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers – in their own homes, in the community, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford – through medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support. However, as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to do this.