A previous article referred to the local Air Ambulances benefitting from the Provincial Grand Master’s Famous Five initiative – the same also applies to the Acorns Children’s Hospice. Since 2014, Acorns has received £10,000 each year, followed by a final £12,500 this month. Following the conclusion of the 2012 Festival, the Provincial Grand Master launched the Famous Five in mid-2013 to benefit specific non-Masonic Warwickshire charities, and this has been splendidly supported by our Lodges. This means that a total of £42,500 has been given to the Acorns Hospice since the initiative began. Acorns was first on the list when the Provincial Grand Master launched the Famous Five, and not only has overwhelming support been given to this initiative, but also separately by many Lodges and the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association. This is important funding as support by other organisation has dropped significantly over the last couple of years. We know that our Lodges will continue to support Acorns, as will the WMCA.
The picture below shows the Provincial Grand Master presenting the cheque to the Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter, watched by Community Development & Fundraising Manager, Carol Pratt with Provincial Charity Steward, John Hayward. Taken at the Administrative Offices in Wythall.
Acorns Hospices have been providing vital care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families for 30 years. In the last year, they have cared for 876 children and supported 1,097 families, including those who are bereaved across Birmingham and the West Midlands. Warwickshire Freemasons and the Province itself are keen to be able to continue the support given to the Acorns Hospices, and I am quite certain that this will continue for many years into the future.
Further information regarding Acorns may be found on their website - https://www.acorns.org.uk/