Friends of Tithebarn (FOTB) have supported the RMBI Tithebarn Care Home based in Crosby on various projects for the benefit of the staff and residents. The staff at the home had remarked that the home’s ambulance/minibus which is approaching 10 years of age was proving expensive to maintain and required replacing.
At a FOTB monthly meeting chaired by John Stallard of Childwall Lodge No 5235 it was agreed to fund a replacement vehicle, made possible by generous donations received from both the Cheshire and West Lancashire Freemasons. Following the decision, a sub-committee headed by Albert Kirby was requested to put together the required specifications and obtain quotations for a suitable vehicle from Cartwright Conversions.
Eric Binks of Toxteth Lodge No 1356, who had just retired and had been responsible for specifications and procurement for vehicles required by the Merseyside Police which would be the type of vehicle required for the home, joined the committee. Discussions took to place with the home manager and her staff to ascertain the exact specifications and subsequently, these were put out to tender for the vehicle.
Following discussions and debate, Eric Brinks presented the committee with scaled drawings of the vehicle and it was recommended that the project should proceed, after which a quotation from Cartwright Conversions was accepted.
At a meeting held at Tithebarn Care Home, John Stallard presented the Tithebarn Care Home Manager Linda Johnson with the ambulance/minibus with members of the FOTB in attendance. The vehicle is a valuable asset to the home and with its wheelchair access will be used to take the residents to hospital appointments and after lockdown restrictions have been lifted, on days-out to various venues to the benefit of the residents.