The Provincial Grand Master’s Famous Five initiative final donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity
The final donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity from the Provincial Grand Master’s Famous Five initiative has been made – a further superb amount of £12,500. Since 2014, the Hospital has received £10,000 each year, followed by a final £12,500 which sees the completion of the Famous Five initiative.
This final sum will go towards the hospital charity's Out To Play Appeal to redesign the outdoor play area at the hospital, which has been in use since the 1980’s and is now looking dated and in need of refurbishment. The photographs in this article show the existing Play Area and although the appearance is somewhat deceptive, there are parts of the area which are no longer able to be used at all. It is well known that young patients coming for treatment can be very easily upset and uncooperative if they are not in a relaxed and reasonably happy state of mind. Little patients can become agitated whilst they wait, which means they are less likely to cooperate with the doctors and nurses when they are examined. The new Play Area will be designed specifically to combat this problem, with modern equipment and techniques to ensure that children visiting the hospital can play safely without worry.
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 Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity since the initiative began. The Hospital was one of the 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 separate additional donations by many Lodges and the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association. This is important funding as support by other organisations has dropped significantly over the last couple of years. We know that our Lodges will continue to support the Hospital, as will the WMCA.
The picture below shows the Director of Fundraising, Louise McCathie, with Provincial Charity Steward, John Hayward in the existing Play Area, which thanks to Warwickshire Freemasons and other fundraising initiatives and donations, will be replaced once the Out To Play appeal is closed.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity believes that there is always more they can do for sick children and they will always strive to do more for their patients and families. It is their mission to raise the vital funds needed to make a real difference to all who use the hospital’s services, offering them the best experience possible.
Further parts of the Play Area which will be replaced in the near future.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading UK specialist paediatric centre, offering expert care to over 90,000 children and young people from across the country every year.
Delivering some of the most advanced treatments, complex surgical procedures and cutting edge research and development, the hospital treats one in five children from Birmingham and one in eight from the wider West Midlands.
The Masonic Province of Warwickshire is proud and pleased to be recognised as one of the Hospital’s “100 Heroes” and our support for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity will continue long into the future. Further information - https://www.bch.org.uk/