picture of the electric car that the lodge bought for the hospital


A visit to a hospital is usually a nerve-racking event, more worrying is a trip to the Hospital theatre, usually lying on a trolley.

Now imagine what it must be like for a young child!

In December 2019 Pharos Lodge No 6967 received the following email;

To whom it may concern;

Thank you for taking the time to read this email. I am an anaesthetic practitioner at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and I am writing to you because we are attempting to make our theatre department more fun for our younger patients. I wonder if you might be interested in helping us achieve this goal by investing in an electric car for children to drive from the theatre reception to the anaesthetic room. These are available for around £130 at various toy shops. Such a purchase would benefit countless children within the community and help to make an otherwise scary experience a little more fun.
Thank you for your time.
I hope to hear from you soon.

Sarah Yarrow
Theatre Practitioner
Main Theatres
William Harvey Hospital.

The matter was brought up with the lodge members and it was suggested that the Social Fund could pay for the car in full. The Charity Steward, Steve Davies, was contacted along with other senior lodge members and the consensus was overwhelmingly to proceed.

The presentation was made by the lodge president, Roger Gabriel, accompanied by Craig Collins, the President Elect at the William Harvey Hospital on Friday 7th February in the presence of East Kent Hospitals University Trust publicity department, accompanied by Sarah Whibley, Theatre Manager of WHH Main Theatres and CDSU, with a number of other theatre staff members, who received the gift on behalf of the Hospital.

After a brief explanation of operating instructions those present were given a demonstration of the car’s versatility, who we suspect, may have spent more time testing the vehicles manoeuvrability.

“It shows that you can bring happiness to many without having to go to great expense”.

The car has already been used. What a fantastic photo.

picture of the electric car being used by a young patient