Children with special needs can enjoy all the rides at the annual August Fun Fair at Bramcote Hills Park for free, thanks to the generosity of the fair owner Michael McKean, his fellow Nottingham Freemasons, the Showmen and Broxtowe Borough Council. This event started in 2008 on the park and has been held every year since.
The Nottingham Freemasons send out invitations each year to different groups of children who are then issued with a special pass enabling them to attend on the day. The fair opens its doors early especially for the children to enjoy the rides and experience the magic of the fairground before the official opening on Thursday 22 August. The Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Michael Brown will welcome the children and meet those involved in organising this special treat.
Having recognised the challenges faced by children with special needs at the fairground, the Nottingham Freemasons in partnership with Michael McKean worked on how to make it more accessible and remove some of obstacles encountered by these children.
As well as experiencing the rides the children enjoy the usual hot dogs, burgers, candy floss and ice cream, all for free. Parents and carers, brothers and sisters of the invited children are also able to enjoy the rides for free, making a fun afternoon out for all the family to enjoy.
Members of the Nottingham Freemasons Lodges raised funds throughout the year to cover the costs of the food and then give their time on the day to make sure it is a safe and enjoyable event for all. The Showmen fund the cost of running all the rides and also give their time.
Broxtowe Borough Council who is responsible for managing and maintaining the award winning park made no charge for the fair to use the site as their contribution towards the event.
If you wish to know more about what Freemasons in Nottingham are doing then please feel free to visit the Nottingham Freemasons website.