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MBF Major Grant

In April 2021, the Trustees of the Mark Benevolent Fund announced a Major Capital Grant to hospices to commemorate the significant contribution made to the Crown and the nation by H.R.H., The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The Grant of £1,286,000 was distributed through Mark Lodges in England & Wales who each nominated a local hospice to receive a £1,000 donation wholly funded by the M.B.F. Of the 1,286 lodges of Mark Master Masons, 230 different charities were chosen which in turn manage the running of 273 hospices.

In Surrey, donations totalling £43,000 were made by members of our Provincial Executive to seven hospices:
  • Sam Beare Hospice
  • St Raphael’s Hospice
  • St Catherine’s Hospice
  • Woking Hospice
  • Princess Alice Hospice
  • Shooting Star Children's Hospice
  • Phyllis Tuckwell Memorial Hospice

A donation to Shooting Star Children’s Hospice...

In November a donation of £8,000 was made to Shooting Star Hospice by the Mark Province of Surrey in memory of the late HRH Prince Philip. RW.Bro. Ian Clark presented the cheque to Jane De Lay at Shooting Star House children’s hospice in Hampton.

Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

Shooting Star House, which first opened its doors in August 2005 has ten childrens' bedrooms and six family flats, as well as a host of specialist facilities, Shooting Star House is a home from home for families of children with life-limiting conditions.

Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

Facilities include:
  • Sensory room - a place to relax and sooth distressed children and for those with profound multiple learning difficulties it provides a stimulating environment supporting non-verbal communication.
  • Hydrotherapy pool - as well as offering physical benefits, like aiding mobility and helping muscle tone and strength, our hydrotherapy pool offers emotional benefits, providing fun and memorable experiences for all the family to enjoy together.
  • Arts and crafts room – a very popular places for children to explore their creative sides.
  • Garden – As well as accessible equipment to play on, they have a specially designed sensory garden and a memory garden to take a moment to reflect.
Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

If you would like to find out more about the care which Shooting Star House provides, please visit

...and to Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice
Phyllis Tuckwell recently received a generous donation of £8,000 from the Mark Master Masons of Surrey, in recognition of the excellent care that Phyllis Tuckwell provides for local patients and their families and carers at the Hospice in Farnham, the Beacon Centre in Guildford and in the local community across West Surrey and North-East Hampshire.

Shooting Star Children’s Hospice

Ian Clark, our Provincial Grand Master, along with John French, our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, and John Coleman and David Lawrence, visited the Hospice in Farnham on Monday 25th October to present the cheque and see first-hand the important supportive and end of life care that Phyllis Tuckwell provides for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer.

Every day it supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers, through medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support. However, as the NHS/Government usually only covers about 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £25,000 a day to be able to offer all of its services, which it gives free of charge to its patients and their families.

“We would like to thank the Mark Master Masons of Surrey for this amazing donation,” said Charli Quay-Barnham, Community Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “It was wonderful to be able to facilitate a visit to the Hospice so that we could show them the care that their donation will help fund. £8,000 could pay for over two months’ care from one of our In-Patient Unit Nurses, who each care for up to five patients, and provide important emotional support for their families too.”

If you would like to find out more about the care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides, please visit

Photos by Bob Tuthill and Chris Eley