Island hospice receives £3,000 donation

The Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight has received £3,000 from local Freemasons.

Members of Vectis Lodge, which meets in Ryde, sold distinctive lapel badges to raise the sum.

They were purchased by Freemasons on the island and across the Solent area.

Mountbatten is the only hospice on the island and Freemasons have been supporting it for many years.

The lapel badges showed the square and compasses symbol of the Freemasons over an outline of the island.

David Hilton MBE, from Vectis Lodge, said: “Freemasons are passionate about getting involved in charity fundraising that will make the difference for others less fortunate.

“The Mountbatten Hospice will be able to make use of these funds for their unbelievably valuable cause to support the extensive expertise and resources required around end of life care.

“The Mountbatten Hospice is a local charity which provides specialist hospice care and support to patients with life limiting illnesses.

“We are delighted to support this worthy cause.”

Nigel said he had been “overwhelmed by the generosity of Freemasons.”

Freemasons on the island have been exceedingly busy this year, fund raising for local charities, totalling in excess of £55,000.