Freemasons raise money to purchase toys for hospital department
A range of toys have been purchased for children using the paediatric outpatients department at the West Suffolk Hospital thanks to fundraising by a group of Freemasons in Bury St Edmunds.
Members of the Magna Carta Lodge, which has up to 50 members and meets at Ashlar House, in Eastern Way, collected £600 following a ladies’ night and raffle.
And they decided to hand the money over to the My WiSH Charity, which supports the hospital, who in turn purchased the toys for the youngsters.
Roger Young, the worshipful master of the lodge, said he had made contact with the charity to seek guidance on how the money could be used to great effect.
And he said that the advice was that the toys would be a great addition to the department.
He added that the masons regularly contribute to providing little teddy bears to the accident and emergency department as part of their “Teddies for Loving Care” with 144 being donated recently.
“But we wanted to help out further,” said Mr Young. “We regularly support charities throughout the year and last year we helped to purchase an emergency trolley and I contacted My WiSH and explained that I would like to use the money for something specific.
“And we were told that they desperately needed toys for the children visiting the hospital.”
Shellie Davey, the ward manager, said she was “thrilled to bits” to get the toys as they are an area often overlooked.
“The toys will make a huge difference,” she said.
The department sees children but also lots of adults in their clinics who need to bring their children along.
Sally Daniels, appeal manager, said “These toys have been wonderful addition to the out patients department. They are already making a big difference although I believe Shellie is now finding that the children don’t want to go home! We can’t thank Roger and the Magna Carta Lodge enough for their continued support”.
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured are Roger and Rosina Young, from the Magna Carta Lodge, with Jo Morris, Chloe Blofield and Shellie Davey, ward manager at the paediatric outpatients.