In Warwickshire, we know a great deal about the Acorns Hospice in Selly Oak, to which the Province and many individual Lodges make donations throughout the year. It is also one of the Provincial Grand Master’s “Famous Five” charities. Acorns supports around 640 life limited and life threatened children and nearly 900 families, including those who have been bereaved, across the heart of England.
For the education and development of the children cared for at the Acorns Hospice, computer technology is used extensively where appropriate, and specialist packages are provided by the Lifelites organisation to all Children’s Hospices throughout the country.
Lifelites is a charity which was originally a Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys project, but is now a charity in its own right. In response to the growing network of children’s hospices, Lifelites raises funds from major national companies, grant giving trusts, and individuals outside of Freemasonry, but of course are always delighted to receive donations from Provinces and Lodges. The cost of installing and running a Lifelites four year project at an individual hospice is in excess of £35,000, for the provision of computer equipment and learning aids for children at the hospices.
In addition to unrestricted and anonymous donations, the new Lifelites package at the Acorns Hospice at Selly Oak has been funded by :
Thomas Cook Children’s Charity
Children with Cancer UK
D M F Ellis Charitable Trust
Forbes Charitable Foundation
Edgar E Lawley Foundation
Lord Austin Charitable Trust
Edward & Dorothy Cadbury Trust
Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association
Shortly before Christmas, in celebration of the launch of the new technology package, a number of supporters of both organisations were invited to an afternoon at the Acorns Hospice in Selly Oak with some of the new equipment.
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire and the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association are pleased and proud to be supporters of both Acorns and Lifelites, and will continue to make substantial donations to both organisations. Further information for both organisations can be seen at www.acorns.org.uk and www.lifelites.org
Chris Reed (Acorns Centre Manager), with one of the children being assisted by
the technology provided by the Lifelites organisation.