North East England and Scotland | At the heart of your Community

A warm welcome from Lions in

North East England & Scotland

Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. Our 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs who perform community service in over 200 countries and geographic areas are different in many ways, but share a core belief


Immediate Past District Governor Lion Andrew Kerr Sutherland, District Governor Lion David Wells and Past International Director Lion Guðrún Yngvadóttir from Iceland at the 33rd District 105 NE Convention at Scotch Corner in November. (A full convention report will follow shortly)

Our new District Governor is Lion David Wells. He has always been involved in volunteering, originally in the Scouts as an Assistant Cub Scout leader, Venture Scout Leader and later a Scout Leader.  He joined Thirsk and District Lions in 1993. Above District Governor David presents a "Lions Young Leaders In Service Silver Award" to  Fiona Cameron.

District Governor Lion David has always been involved in volunteering, originally in the Scouts as an Assistant Cub Scout leader, Venture Scout Leader and later a Scout Leader. He joined Thirsk and District Lions in 1993. Above he presents a “Lions Young Leaders In Service Silver Award” to Fiona Cameron.

You will find Lions Clubs throughout the British Isles and Ireland – we have 17,000 active members belonging to 900 local clubs. Every Lions Club supports a range of projects in its local community – including health and youth initiatives – where you can get involved.

Every day, Lions are having fun by organising remarkable and memorable fundraising activities – with every penny raised going direct to good causes. Every year, in Europe alone, Lions Clubs’ members volunteer around 6 million hours of service and raise £88 million to support the needs of local communities.

Club members are all ordinary folk who are prepared to spend a little bit of their own time to help others and also try to have a bit of fun in the process. They give their time to run events that raise money to help those less fortunate than themselves whilst enjoying fun and fellowship. They meet regularly to plan their fund raising and social events and to agree which of the many requests for help they receive are most worthy of support from the limited funds they have available.

Be A Lion

People become Lions for many and varied reasons. For some it is the wish to put something back in to the community, for others it’s the desire to make a difference. Whatever your motivation for wanting to join Lions we would love to hear from you. There is no minimum time commitment required from members, but we all try our best to work our commitment to Lions around the demands of our family and work lives. Take a few minutes to read about all the projects we get involved with in the district and have a look for your local club who will be only too pleased to welcome you if you’d like to visit.

Click here if you’d like to talk about joining a Lions Club.


Lions around the world are united by a great spirit of giving and dedication to helping others. As the official charitable organization of Lions Clubs International, a leading humanitarian organization, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) supports Lions’ compassionate works by providing grant funding for their local and global humanitarian efforts.

We help Lions serve

LCIF helps Lions improve peoples’ lives around the world, from combating vision problems to responding to major catastrophes to providing valuable life skills to youth. Because LCIF helps Lions carry out large-scale projects through our grant programs, Lions increase their impact in their local and global communities and serve even more people in need around the world.

Our funds come from individuals

Donations from 1.4+ million Lions in 210 countries and geographic areas provide the vast majority of the revenue received by LCIF, making the Foundation a leading humanitarian organization. Lions know their donations matter and that funds entrusted to LCIF will support initiatives that impact communities and change lives.

We form lasting and successful partnerships

LCIF leverages the donations we receive through effective partnerships with other foundations, corporations and governments on the local, national and international level. We are proud that LCIF was named the #1 non-governmental organization worldwide with which to partner, according to a 2007 Financial Times independent survey.

We have key areas of service

To support Lions’ mission of serving communities and meeting humanitarian needs, LCIF provides grants in these focus areas:

We make an impact

LCIF and Lions reach millions of people and accomplish visible results. Some of our accomplishments include:

  • Preventing serious vision loss for more than 30 million people
  • Providing over 153.3 million treatments for river blindness
  • Engaging more than 13 million students and 600,000 educators in 90 countries in the youth development program Lions Quest
  • Building or expanding 615 eye hospitals/clinics/wards
  • Conducting more than 19 million vision screenings for children through Sight for Kids
  • Providing vision screening for more than 350,000 Special Olympics athletes from 85 countries through Opening Eyes

Our impact last year

In fiscal year 2013-2014, we had a great impact in lives around the world through 538 grants totaling more than US$46 million. Some of our accomplishments included:

  • 51,000 people helped through 154 disaster related grants
  • 10 million people helped through 188 humanitarian grants
  • 16 countries expanded Lions Quest through 37 Core 4 grants
  • 20 grants supported the vaccination of millions of children against measles and rubella
  • 47 SightFirst grants provided eye care services to more than 10 million people, improved 48 eye care facilities and/or trained 150 eye care professionals

Read more about our efforts in our Annual Report, and find out more about our mission.


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District Governor Team 2015/16

District Governor:
Lion David Wells
Thirsk & Northallerton
1st Vice District Governor:
Lion David Wheeler
2nd Vice District Governor:
Lion Malcolm Hogg
Aberdeen Bon Accord

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The Lions motto is “WE SERVE” and we are the largest and most committed voluntary service organisation in the world. We have 46,000 clubs and more than 1.4 million members. To see the bigger picture please have a look at the British Isles and Ireland website and the International Website