Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Schools for Gambia and Lifelites benefit from Warwickshire Installed Master’s Lodge Ladies Festival Weekend

The end of W Bro Keith Holdsworth’s year in the chair of Warwickshire Installed Masters Lodge No 4538 was marked by a Ladies Festival Weekend in Torquay. It took place mid September and was open to all lodge brethren, family and friends for either two or three days at the Toorak Hotel.

It was sunny and warm, and with the facilities the hotel complex had to offer, a good time was had by all. The weekend organised activities kicked of with a dinner on the Friday night followed by an evening at the races and dancing to a talented local duet.

Thanks to the generosity of the participants donating their profits, the evening raised the sum of £290. This sum was donated to “Schools for Gambia”, an organization working closely with people in The Gambia to build schools, education centres and to supply learning resources.

Presentation to Schools for Gambia
Presentation to Schools for Gambia

W Bro Keith Holdsworth presented the cheque to Mrs Sylvia Fry who is Chair of the Goveners at Clifton Primary School in Birmingham. Clifton School became involved with Schools for Gambia some six years ago: "Every child has the right to an education. That’s why Schools for Gambia works closely with people in The Gambia to build schools and education centres, supply learning resources and establish sponsorship programmes." said Sylvia.

The donation from the Warwickshire Installed Masters Lodge was therefore of great importance in their effort to ensure that teachers have their own living space, rather than relying on the goodwill of the villagers to offer space in their already overcrowded homes The outstanding issue is the dire need for the provision of teacher’s accommodation, as the village is so remote. Without such accommodation, there was a real threat to the future of the school.

On the Saturday evening a splendid four course dinner was enjoyed by all, and an extensive raffle produced the magnificent sum of £1040 which was donated to Lifelites.

Lifelites is a charity that supplies specialist technology for over 9000 terminally ill and disabled babies, children and young people using children’s hospice services across the British Isles. Wherever you are, there will be a Lifelites project for children near you. These children have life limiting, life threatening and disabled conditions. Through the magic of technology, their equipment gives these children opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have.                                                                                

Presentation to Lifelites
Presentation to Lifelites

The cheque was presented by the Worshipful Master and his wife Noreen to Simone Enefer-Doy, the Chief Executive of Lifelites, at Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in Coventry. Lifelites had just finished an installation where the equipment, Zoe’s Place staff training, and four years support costs Lifelites around £50,000. over four years. The equipment is then renewed and updated after the four years. The hospice pays nothing towards the project as all Lifelites work is funded by donations.


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