Surrey Freemasons Mark Watkins, Paul Kerswell and Steve Butwell visited the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice on 26th April on behalf of the Masonic Province of Surrey.
They were met by Peter Foxton, director of income generation, who gave a talk on what goes on at the hospice every day 365 days a year (75% of the 2000 patients they work with every year remain in their own homes and communities).
The hospice deals not just with cancer patients but various other life-limiting illnesses and gives large amounts of teaching and sessions on how to deal with these illnesses to families and carers as well as other professionals.
Mark, Paul and Steve were then given a tour of all the facilities and talked to various members of the teams on how the operation runs, also giving them information on how Freemasonry functions and how we give to charities.
Peter and his team were very thankful to the Freemasons in Surrey for their support of this hospice and thank Surrey Masons on behalf of all the patients who benefit from their services.
The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care provides supportive and end of life care for adult patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer.
It covers the whole of West Surrey and part of North East Hampshire.
Every day it 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 a mix of 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 offer all of these services, which are given free of charge to its patients and their families.
It therefore relies heavily on the support and generosity of the local community.