Members of an Orange Lodge from Stirling, have worked tirelessly to raise money for numerous charities and individuals throughout the years. From all the events they have organised and took part in, the money and the work that the members has put in can only be commended. The Orange Lodge raised £3400.00 for one charity alone namely Strathcarron Hospice which is such a worth while cause.
This time around the lodge members thought it would be worth while to raise money for kids who have special needs … only to be told that the charity cannot accept their £1000 donation.
In the letter Phil Cummins from Adult Support & Protection, partnership (Mental Health, Learning Disability) Clackmannanshire and Stirling Councils wrote;
We would like to express our thanks for your offer to donate £1000 from your fundraising activites to the Riverbank Centre, but unfortunately we are not in a position to accept it.
As a local authority run facility we must carefully consider all such offers to make sure that they reflect our responsibility to serve the interests of everyone within the community. We cannot be seen to endorse or benefit from an organisationwhich some might perceive as not being fully inclusive.
We do hope that you understand our position on this, and thank you again for considering the centre in your fundraising activities.
William, a member of Stirling Orange Lodge quoted “This has never happened before, for all the charities we have donated to they have warmly welcomed our donation’s such as Down Syndrome, Soldiers off the Street, Brucefields Children’s Home to name but a few. I am totally shocked as to other members of the Lodge”.
Stirling Orange Lodge are seeking advice on this matter.