On 24th February members of the Roman Eagle Lodge together with wives, partners and friends held a Robert Burns themed whisky tasting in their premises for 50 persons.
As part of the entertainment they held a raffle for Simpsons Special Care Babies (SSCB), a charity suggested by the presenter's daughter who is a nurse.
We were all delighted that the event, which was supported by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Edinburgh (an organisation that has oversight of the many lodges in Edinburgh) raised the sum of £1,100.
The cheque for this amount was presented on 28th March within the Roman Eagle Premises to representatives of SSCB by the Right Worshipful Master of the Roman Eagle Lodge, brother Drew Henretty and the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Edinburgh brother Alan Dickson.
The Roman Eagle Lodge CLX (number 160) was consecrated in 1785 and the driving force behind its commencement was Brother Dr John Brown, a local physician. For the first 12 years the Lodge meetings were held in Latin. The lodge moved into its current premises in Johnston Terrace in 1927.
At The Simpson Neonatal Unit (RIE), 800 babies each year are cared for by a team of dedicated doctors, nurses, dieticians and physiotherapists.
The Simpsons Special Care Babies charity supports this team by facilitating courses for skills improvement and specialised equipment for the day to day care of the very smallest and sickest babies from Edinburgh and the surrounding area. Parents also receive support through welcome and sibling packs, milestone cards, baby quilts, bonding squares and books. The Transportation ambulance is also supported with special equipment and a state of the art incubator to bring babies to the unit for care.
There are, sadly, babies who do not go home and a special team co-ordinated by a Diana Children’s nurse are also supported by the charity by providing practical items to help in this sad time.
We are a small charity, run completely by volunteers and our supporters, some of whom have experienced life in the unit. Funds are raised each year through extraordinary events and donations which facilitate the amazing work done by dedicated professionals. 100% of the money raised goes into the charity account.
We thank you for supporting our charity. You can be assured that all the money you have donated to the charity will be used to support the staff, babies and parents in the unit.