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  • Thank you to the Yorkshire West Riding Freemasons

    July 2, 2024

    Nearly 300 children and young people and hundreds more family members affected by a cancer diagnosis from Sheffield and other parts of Yorkshire will receive help and support thanks to a grant from Yorkshire West Riding Freemasons to the Cavendish Cancer Care charity.

    The £60,000 grant will help families from Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and works with any child or young person affected by cancer – whether diagnosed with a childhood cancer themselves, affected by a cancer diagnosis in the family or in need of support following a cancer bereavement. The work of the charity has a strong positive impact on children’s lives.

    The grant will be used to benefit the charity’s Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS), which provides psychological support for children, up to the age of 18 who have been affected by cancer. The funds will make a significant contribution towards funding the new role of Head of Service for Children and Young People which was introduced by the charity earlier this year and will allow for a new strategic focus on providing much-needed services for children.

    The new post has been filled by Claire Furbey, a qualified integrative counsellor focusing on person-centred counselling who has 16 years of experience working with children and young people. Claire will take a key strategic lead in developing the Children and Young People’s Services, including exploring and incorporating new elements such as sibling and family group work and online resources.

    Claire Furbey, our Head of Service for Children and Young People, with Lindsay Smith (Mum) and her two girls, Isabel and Sienna.

    The grant from Yorkshire West Riding Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

    Emma Draper, CEO at Cavendish Cancer Care, said
    “We’re incredibly grateful for the extremely generous grant provided to us by Yorkshire West Riding Freemasons. Without support from funders such as the Freemasons and our wonderful local community we wouldn’t be able to continue providing such life-changing support for local people affected by cancer. It is imperative to us that families who have received our support leave feeling empowered and in control of their situation whilst knowing that our doors are always open. Thank you from all of us at Cavendish Cancer Care.”

    James Newman, Head of Yorkshire West Riding Freemasons, said:
    “I am very pleased Yorkshire Freemasons have been able to help Cavendish Cancer Care with their hugely important programme of support for children and families affected by cancer. A cancer diagnosis is a dreadful shock to anyone, who receives this bad news and Cavendish do a wonderful job in supporting those affected, including their families, all the way through treatment and, if necessary, following a bereavement. This help and guidance is so appreciated by those, who need and receive it, and I am delighted the that we, as Freemasons, are backing this wonderful charity.”

    Cavendish Cancer Care’s CEO, Emma Draper, being presented with a £60,000 cheque from James Newman, Head of Yorkshire West Riding Freemasons