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Benevolent Fund Cheque presented to Crossroads Care Cov & Warks

posted on 11 October 2014

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Trustees of the Benevolent Fund

On Saturday 4th October 2014, Trustees of the Benevolent Fund – John Handley, Fred Ditchfield, David Satchwell and Paul Wheeler – visited the STARS Club to present a further cheque for £8,091 and see the progress that has been achieved as well as meeting the children and staff.

They were welcomed by Penny Collard MBE, the Charity’s Chief Executive and Jackie Turnbull – the Club Leader who gave a tour showing the sporting, social and craft activities in which members of the group were involved and were able to meet members of the staff, children and parents.

Crossroads Care Coventry & Warwickshire is a charity which has been providing help and support for parents with a wide range of in-home care services for children with special needs and disabilities since 1974.

In 2012 the Province gave a three year commitment to financially support the expansion of the club to include older youngsters and teenagers up to 21 years with severe learning difficulties many of whom also have physical and other issues. With this support the Older STARS Group has now been created giving more youngsters the opportunity to get together to enjoy playing games, socialising and meeting new friends. Their parents and carers also benefit by the opportunity to have some well-earned respite.

Deputy Grand Superintendent John Handley, on behalf of the Province said, “this was a very worthwhile opportunity to meet with the dedicated team who are running this project and see how the funding has been utilised. We were all very impressed with the enthusiastic manner in which the club is run and the obvious enjoyment created amongst those attending.”

Fred Ditchfield, the Provincial Almoner said “the Royal Arch Masons who had contributed to the fund will be delighted and justly proud of the wonderful facilities Crossroads Care have been able to provide through their generosity.”

Fred Ditchfield and Freddie