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A yellow peanut in the center with yellow text at top and bottom on a navy background with a thin yellow line at the edge.

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The Peanut Club, first formed in 1931, was created on accident and would go on to fund a children’s ward at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, UK. A journalist by the name of Mrs. Kay Clemetson wrote a parody for the Courier Newspaper titled, “The Peanut Club”. In the parody, the Peanut Club offered a bag of peanuts to any child who donated 12 pennies toward the Turnbridge Wells Hospital. After the article was published, a young girl read the article and took it seriously. The Peanut Club quickly became a reality which grew to be an international organization. The Peanut Club donated €24,000 to go towards the building of the much-needed children’s ward. They also helped fund care for the Royal Air Force during WWII. The children’s ward took in long-term burn victims from the war and provided plastic surgery. The Peanut Club continued to provide aid to burn victims long after WWII. In 1965, they provided new equipment to the new McIndoe Burns Center at Queen Victoria Hospital.


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