Bringing Easter Egg “Smiles” to Warwickshire
When I first set out to raise money for an Easter Egg for Homeless Children in the Province of Warwickshire I set my target at 500 thinking it was is better to support some even if it were not possible to help them all. Well, I have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the Masonic family of Warwickshire. The fantastic amount of more than £5000 donated not only allowed us to provide an egg for the 500 disadvantaged children living in temporary, sheltered and hostel accommodation but to the 3000 plus that we know are in this terrible situation. Such has been the support it has also enabled us to reach out to children who will be in hospitals across the province this Easter and disabled children in special needs schools.
We have been able to support so many children in Shipston-on-Stour, Rugby, Stratford, Warwick, Coventry, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Erdington and Birmingham.
As we approach Easter Ex Comp Philip Hall our Most Excellent Grand Superintendent has this message for all companions. “Our Masonry not only teaches us to be a better person but to look beyond ourselves and reach out to others. Your support for this worthy cause has been magnificent”.
A special thank you also goes out to Morrison’s Supermarket at The Alvis Retail Park in Coventry who so generously discounted the eggs and Eddie Gormley their ‘Morrison’s in the Community’ Manager who, so enthusiastically gave his own time and effort delivering the eggs to us.
Finally, a big thank you to The Buddy Bag Foundation for their help, who along with some of the Brethren gave their time and energy to distributing the 3000 plus eggs to the four corners of Warwickshire.
I can guarantee to all who gave that you will most definitely not only have put a big “SMILE” on those children’s faces, and on mine, but I also hope your own.
This has been Warwickshire Freemasonry at it’s very best.
Sincerely and Fraternally
Comp. Andy Staker
Andy is pictured below, with just a few of the eggs, in this case being delivered to Warwick Hospital.