In March, Roger Phillips, a member of the Royal Connaught Masonic Lodge in Eastbourne, shaved off his beard in memory of his best friend and former lodge member Derek, who died under St Wilfrid’s Hospice’s care in 2020.

Thanks to Roger’s amazing fundraising and match funding from the Sussex Masonic Charities, Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex, the hospice now has over £1,340 to spend on essential equipment for its Inpatient Unit!

The hospice said: “We are very grateful to Roger and the local Sussex Masonic community for their continued support.

“Roger kindly shared his memories of Derek with us, which you can read on our blog: stwhospice.org/blog/masons-beard-shave