Tuesday 05 September 2017
Local public votes for We are Beams to receive £25,000,000 from West Kent Province of Freemasons
We are Beams is to receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote where they received a record amount of votes.
The charity was one of 6 to be nominated by Freemasons in the West Kent Province, with local people, supporters, beneficiaries voting to decide the level of their Award. They were part of 178,801 people who voted across England and Wales.
The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th-anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.
Katrina Adams, Operations Director at We are Beams said:
“The grant of £25,000 which we have been awarded following the public vote is hugely important. We are very grateful to all of our friends and supporters who took the trouble to vote for us. We plan to use this money to support our disabled children with more severe and complex needs. We are over the moon with this as it will create fantastic memories, fun, and something different to these children during the long school holiday. You should never under estimate the difference a play scheme or a day trip out can make to a child that spends their days in the same structured routine or in a hospital or with healthcare professionals. Beams injects fun into their lives”
The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons, their families, and friends. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.
Provincial Grand Master from West Kent Province of Freemasons said: “We are delighted so many people voted in West Province. We are Beams was one of 6 charities nominated by local Freemasons and I know they will use their grant to continue with their outstanding work.”
What a difference a day makes with SGN and Carrick Landscapes
SGN staff has transformed the BEAMS day centre and Dragon’s Retreat Short Break Unit at Allsworth Court in Hextable with their SGN DIY SOS day. We are BEAMS is a local charity that supports disabled children and their families in the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley areas of Kent. They were in desperate need for a company like SGN to send in volunteers for the day to paint all communal areas downstairs, build cupboards, and lay flooring. They also worked alongside Ricky Carrick from Carrick Landscapes to spruce up the garden. The staff used their Community Action Programme (CAP) day to support the charity so that everything would be ready for the busiest time of the year over the summer school holidays.
– Pamela Goee Head of Community at SGN said “It was a pleasure for our staff to use their community day working at we are beams, all the staff thoroughly enjoyed the experience and know that all the disabled children and families of the centre will benefit from the work. SGN are looking forward to our next engagement with We are Beams at the Colour Dash on 9th July”
Ricky Carrick from Carrick landscapes said “BEAMS has cared for my daughter Lily for several years now and I was delighted to introduce SGN to them as they have the skilled workers to volunteer for the day and the expertise to help with a few problem areas”
Katrina Adams said “Companies like SGN and Carrick Landscapes save us a lot of time and money when they volunteer to do such a lot of work in one day. Our children have already notice the difference. The place looks so much brighter and modern now”
SGN also sponsored a colour station at the Colour Dash and sent staff to help on the day. This enabled the charity to raise money and save money. Win win!!
A Rainbow of Colour BEAMing over Gravesend on Sunday
We are Beams, a local charity in Hextable that supports disabled children and families hosted their 3rd Colour Dash event on Sunday 9th July at Jeskyn’s Community Woodland in Gravesend.
This was a family event with a 5km run or walk with a mass of colour powder thrown in the air and onto participants at every 1km marker.
Caroline Brinkman, Fundraising and Marketing Manager for BEAMs said ”We have 350 participants and a huge crowd watching the event supporting their family members. It’s great family fun and can include disabled children. We have raised so far £11,800 and the sponsorship will be coming in over the next few weeks. All money raised will support our disabled children’s holiday play schemes. This will give our children something special to look forward to over the summer holidays, it reduces their social isolation and we ensure they have fun. These children spend so much of their time in healthcare appointments or in the hospital so now it’s time for them to do something special with their friends at BEAMS. We could not do this without the support of local businesses such as Fidelity International who were our main sponsor for the event. A big thank you to the colour sponsors Leisure King, SGN, FLR Spectron, Barclays and Panoramic Design for sending along their staff to help on the day. We also had an army of volunteers from BEAMS, Dartford Science and Technology College and Gravesend and Meopham Rotary. We can’t host these events without the goodwill of volunteers”
A big thank you to the colour sponsors Leisure King, SGN, FLR Spectron, Sargeant Partnership, Barclays and Panoramic Design for sending along their staff to help on the day. We also had an army of volunteers from BEAMS, Dartford Science and Technology College and Gravesend and Meopham Rotary. We can’t host these events without the goodwill of volunteers”
Jeskyn’s Community Woodland is a great venue. They are currently featuring The Gruffalo and have the trail scattered throughout the park. Mix that with the New app Spotter and you have a free day out for the children in the summer holidays.
Photos of the Colour Dash event can be found on the website www.wearebeams.org.uk or on facebook/wearebeams. Don’t forget to #colourdash if searching online.