Freemasons have donated £1,000 to the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity to thank colleagues who cared for a relative.
Members of the Fitzwilliam Masonic Lodge, based at the Masonic Hall in Wellgate Mount, donated the money to the Oakwood Community Unit after hearing about the care Gillian Hamer received during her 30 day stay in June last year. Gillian was recovering from a fractured leg and hip and also received dialysis support.
Gillian’s husband Chris, a Past Master of the Fitzwilliam Lodge, requested the donation from the West Riding Charities Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. Chris visited the unit with Tony Bolton, the Lodge’s Charity Representative, this week to hand over their donation.
He said: “Gill was so well cared for by everyone at the Oakwood Community Unit during her stay, it was really great. The fact people like Maggie Boldan were trying so hard to make Gill’s stay better by holding tea parties and other activities was lovely. I asked the Masonic Lodge whether they would be willing to donate funds to the unit and they unanimously agreed. In fact, I was delighted when they doubled their donation to £1,000. We’re incredibly proud to donate the money and it’s a great way to say thank you.”
The Provincial Grand Masters grants fund other Freemasons, their families, the wider community as well as other charities, appeals and organisations they believe in.
Colleagues at the Oakwood Community Unit have spent the money on gardening equipment and furniture a new shed, to securely store garden tables and chairs, games remote controls for televisions in patient rooms and a clock specially designed to help dementia patients tell the date and time.
Activities Coordinator Maggie Boldan was recently commended for her work at the Oakwood Community Unit by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who rated the service as Outstanding. Maggie was also awarded the Together Award Runner-Up prize at the Trust’s PROUD Awards 2016, acknowledging her exceptional ability to work with colleagues, patients and their families to prevent social isolation. The Oakwood Community Unit also achieved the Team of the Year (Clinical) Runner-Up accolade.
She said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Freemasons for their donation. The money has been well spent on small things we know will make a really big difference to our patients. Many of the people we care for can be with us for many weeks so it’s important we recreate a home from home. Having a lovely garden area, a communal place to meet, chat and take part in activities and private rooms with TV’s all helps people’s sense of wellbeing. Thank you so much to members of the Fitzwilliam Lodge.
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