Our hospice chefs have been cooking up a storm for patients, staff and volunteers, thanks to a generous donation from the Mark Benevolent Fund (MBF).
We applied for a grant from the MBF, a Freemason charity, to fully refurbish their aging kitchen, which has not been upgraded fully in the thirty years that the hospice has been open. Our team were delighted to receive news earlier this year that a grant of £107,628 had been awarded to cover the costs of a full overhaul of the kitchen facilities where patient and staff meals are prepared. The refurb includes new electrical equipment, flooring and units to bring the facility up to date and easy to maintain.
All food served at St Oswald’s is cooked onsite by our team of professional chefs who ensure meals are nutritious and wholesome, catering to a wide range of dietary needs. Over 2,000 patients are cared for at St Oswald’s each year, with many requiring a special diet due to their illnesses.
We invited members of the MBF, including their Deputy President, Tony Morris, to the unveiling of a special commemorative plaque in honour of their support. The visitors were given a tour of the hospice and the new kitchen facilities and met with staff to hear first-hand the impact their donation has made. They were then treated to a three course lunch, cooked in the kitchen by our chefs.
Our Head Chef, Maureen Raper said:
We are simply overwhelmed by the kindness of the Mark Benevolent Fund and delighted with our brand new kitchen. The finished result has totally exceeded our expectations, and the whole team at St Oswald’s think it’s fantastic. It’s bright, modern and fit for purpose, allowing us to continue to provide a range of nutritious meals to our patients, staff and volunteers! Thank you so much to the fund for choosing to support St Oswald’s in this way.
Tony Morris Vice President of the MBF officially opened the kitchen by unveiling a plaque bearing his charity’s name. He said:
The aim of the Mark Benevolent Fund has, and always will be, to help those in need or distress. This project will benefit the many thousands of patients that pass through St Oswald’s every year, improving their wellbeing and catering for their individual needs. The Mark Benevolent Fund and the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons are proud to be associated with the hospice and hope that these facilities will continue to operate at peak efficiency for many years to come.
The Mark Benevolent Fund is a registered charity (no. 207610) came into existence in 1868.The Fund has disbursed many millions to individual petitioners and an even greater sum in grants to charities within the wider community.