02 March 2015

Freemasons donate £250 to Rennie Grove Hospice Care

A cheque for £250 has been presented to Rennie Grove Hospice Care by the Freemasons in memory of the wife of one of their members.

The Worshipful Brother Malcolm Steggall and the Worshipful Brother Frank Woods visited Grove House on Wednesday 4 March to hand over the cheque from the Shyre Lodge in Radlett in memory of Mr Steggall’s wife, Joyce, who died in December 2014.

Mr Steggall, who lives in St Albans, explained: "Joyce had been ill for several years but was admitted to hospital on December 12. We were told she was terminally ill so she was sent home that night. There was a seamless transfer to care by the Rennie Grove Hospice at Home nurses.

"Joyce died two days later at home, which is where she wanted to be. The Hospice at Home nurses were on call 24 hours a day to us and helped Joyce with pain relief to make her as comfortable as possible. I am so grateful they were there, it made things so much easier."

Joyce, who ran the Jersey Farm Pre-School Nursery Playgroup which was held in the Community Hall at Jersey Farm Estate, and Malcolm have four children and 13 grandchildren. Mr Steggall also asked for donations to Rennie Grove at Joyce’s funeral, which took place on December 23, and received more than £600.

Nicola MacKinnon, Community Fundraising Manager at Rennie Grove, said: "We are delighted to receive this donation and it will certainly help people in the local community suffering from cancer or other life-limiting illness. £20 pays for one hour of specialist nursing care, so this will help fund more than 12 hours of care."