Following on from the foodbank donations in December 2020, there was a surplus of £400 donated by the brethren in the Southport Group. The group committee decided that it should be put to good use by supplying Easter eggs for needy and deserving people in Southport and surrounding area. To that end, Eddie Thomson of Southport Temple Lodge No 7526, Alan Cornes and Alex Myles both of Starkie Lodge No 1070 were tasked with purchasing a quantity of eggs to be donated.
After contacting Community Officer Adele Dennis, at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (Tesco), she agreed to supply a more expensive Cadbury one for the knockdown price of £1 per egg. On top of that, Tesco donated a further 50 Cadbury eggs to our cause, giving us 450 to distribute.
The brothers decided that these should go to worthy causes involving children, with a small portion going to The Tithebarn Masonic Care Home in Crosby, the Bridge Inn Community Farm in Formby and St Joseph’s Hospice in Thornton.
Consequently, the final list of recipient schools were Peterhouse School and Presfield High School in Southport, Merefield School in Ainsdale and Clumber Lodge residential school in Formby. Each school received enough eggs for each of the children and residents.
The eggs were delivered by Alex, Alan and Eddie, the latter was given the rank of ‘Past Provincial Grand Bunny’ for the deliveries he made on 22 and 29 March in time for Easter and bringing a smile to the faces of the recipients during this trying time. A big thank you to Alex for the photos.