As the nationwide rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine continues, many families are still struggling and it’s children, especially, who can be hit hardest
As Easter approaches, the shops are full of chocolates and there’s a steady flow of adverts to tempt youngsters. But for too many, in Shropshire as elsewhere, this Easter will not be easy.
There are some, such as those in hospital, refuges, or in temporary accommodation, who won’t have the happy Easter so many enjoy. Children forced to leave abusive or violent home, for example, are often forced to move quickly, often far from home, school and friends, leaving behind their possessions. For them, as for children in hospital or with life-limiting illnesses, a little joy can go a long way.
Now, thanks to the generous support of supermarket giant Morrisons, Shropshire Libraries and many individual members, Shropshire Freemasons are hoping to make a difference. They responded to a call from Provincial Grand Master Roger Pemberton to raise funds to help. They stepped up. Morrisons supplied the project with Easter Eggs at a huge discount, while Shropshire Libraries provided an age-appropriate book to go with each egg.
As a result, this week 245 Easter goody-bags were delivered by the PGM and his wife, along with David Purslow, Shropshire's Provincial Education Officer, to Shropshire Council’s Temporary Accommodation Office, the Stay project in Oakengates (supporting homelss young people in Telford, the Telford and Wrekin Council Domestic Abuse support Unit, the PRH children’s ward at Telford's Princess Royal Hospital and Hope House Children’s Hospice in Oswestry.
The gifts will be delivered to individual children by their support workers in time for Easter.
Roger Pemberton commented: 'This is the first time we have given away Easter Eggs and books to help make some little lives a little better, and I believe we can make it a regular event. As Freemasons we are all hugely grateful to Morrisons and Shropshire Libraries for their generous support.'