Whilst the Five of Nine Club provide practical help
Set up by the Provincial Grand Master, the "Famous Five’" initiative which has been running for just three years, has donated over £112,500 to non-masonic Charities in Warwickshire. Cheques are being presented to the charities over the next few weeks. This remarkable amount has been raised by Warwickshire Freemasons at their meetings and social events, in addition to their support for other charities. The "Famous Five" has been incredibly well supported by the majority of Warwickshire Lodges since it was launched during 2013, and has benefitted the following charities:
- Acorns Children’s Hospice
- Birmingham Children’s Hospital
- Midlands Air Ambulance
- Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
- St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick
The first cheque – for £10,000 - was presented to the Acorns Children’s Hospice on August 13th, at an event which shows that Freemasons offer practical help as well as purely financial donations. The Five of Nine Club – a recently established group for new and young Freemasons were helping to redecorate parts of the Acorns Hospice in Selly Oak. The large conference room, part of which is shown in the photograph is used not only for meetings but also by Acorns sibling groups and also the Parents & Grandparents groups, was given the full makeover, decorated from floor to ceiling, entirely dismantling, redecorating and reassembling the room. Fencing surrounding the car park was also repainted. Well done to Dan Thomas and his splendid crew of guys & partners too.
This cheque will mean that Acorns has received £30,000 from the Famous Five initiative, which will continue for a further year. It will help them to meet the many £millions required to provide the help to cancer sufferers in Warwickshire.
The Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust, established in 1988, provides care for babies, children and young people to age 18 with life limiting or life threatening conditions and support for their families. In the last year, Acorns has supported over 800 children and more than 1,030 families, including those who are bereaved across Warwickshire & the West Midlands.
Warwickshire Freemasons are pleased and proud to be able to support Acorns in both practical and financial terms, and will continue to provide that support through the Famous Five and beyond.
Provincial Charity Steward
Famous Five Details are on the Warwickshire Freemasons website – www.warwickshirepgl.org
Information on the Acorns Children’s Hospice can be found here – www.acorns.org.uk
Information on the Five of Nine Club is here - www.fiveofnineclub.org.uk