Caring Companies (Freemasons of Yorkshire West Riding)

Caring Companies, funded by Freemasons of Yorkshire West Riding

Wakefield Hospice is delighted to announce that they are the grateful recipients of a £20,840 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation that will fund a pilot project designed to widen access to bereavement services in the district by using hospice expertise to work with and train local organisations to support their workforce during bereavement.

Staff at the hospice were delighted to welcome representatives of the Freemasons of Yorkshire West Riding recently for the official cheque presentation and be able to talk to them more about the project that they are supporting.
The project, a 40 week pilot, will support local organisations by delivering bespoke training for selected ‘Bereavement Champions’ and offer 1:1 specialist bereavement support as required.  

The Brethren of Yorkshire West Riding state “We as Freemasons within the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, together with the Masonic Charitable Foundation are very pleased to support the work of Wakefield Hospice in providing bereavement training to local companies in the Wakefield area.
Yorkshire West Riding Freemasons are active supporters of the Hospice movement and we are pleased to support this very worthwhile initiative.”
Eleven local companies have agreed to take part in the pilot to help formulate a robust working model and once established the aim is to roll this programme out to more organisations across the district for greater benefit and widen access to bereavement support. 
Lisa Henry, Bereavement Officer at Wakefield Hospice says “Bereavement can be a Life Changing and life defining time for many.
Grief often creates turbulence and emotional swings that can be challenging for an employee as they negotiate returning to work and establishing a ‘new normal’ whilst managing these emotions and trying to remain productive and professional.
Empathic employers with understanding of the impact of grief on an individual can be key in supporting this return, and recognising this process, thus being available to and offering assurances to the employee that they remain valued, have security and in turn impacting on both attendance and staff wellbeing.”
Emily Murphy, Trusts Fundraiser at Wakefield Hospice says “Wakefield Hospice is committed to expanding bereavement services across the district and we are so grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation, in particular the Freemasons of Yorkshire West Riding for their wonderful generosity to help make this happen.”
We look forward to updating you as this project progresses……

Pictured from left to right: Provincial Grand Master David Pratt, Director of Clinical Services Alison Harwood, Bereavement Officer Lisa Henry and Assistant Provincial Grand Master Area 5 Ian Lewis.