Over 85s enjoy Filey Lions hospitality
After being collected from their homes by lions and volunteers,114 guests had a sherry reception on arrival before sitting down to a traditional 3 course lunch , followed by coffee and mince pies.
The guests were waited on by lions members and the year 11 students. Entertainment was provided by the school choir and Filey Showgroup, before guests were gain transported home.
Morpeth Lions at work before Christmas
Early to mid-December is always a busy time for Morpeth Lions and 2015 was no exception. Activities in December include the “Tin in a Bin” collection at Morrisons, the delivery of food parcels to the needy and the Christmas clothes and toy parcels for children of families in often desperate circumstances through no fault of their own.
For seven days in early December we held a cash collection at Morrisons. We are extremely grateful to Morrisons in allowing the Lions to collect in their busiest time of the year and to many of their customers for their generous support. The December collection was again a success with over £2,100 being collected. The money was not allowed to rest in the Lion’s bank account but immediately put to good use.
The Lions gave a cheque for £1,500 to the Food Bank which operates in Morpeth and the Wansbeck Valley. Food Bank manager Linda Fugill put this to good use by purchasing food for around 100 families and so ensuring they had nutritional fare for the Christmas period. The other £600 was spent on a small treat for 100 elderly identified through Age UK. Each received a parcel supplied on a discount by Ringtons Teas. Lion Richard Nash coordinates both the collection at Morrisons and the distribution of the Ringtons’ parcels. The middle of December was spent delivering these in Morpeth and surrounding areas in South East Northumberland.
At the same time the Lions were “adopting” families or collecting toys for families in crisis. The Club, through Lion Robin Cooper and his wife Joan, works closely with local professionals to target needy families. The toy collection was greatly helped by Asda Ashington who set up trolley collection in the store, by Morpeth St George’s URC toy service and the Sage Academy. Together with toys and clothes purchased throughout the year by the Lions, their partners and friends, Christmas parcels were sent to 51 families totalling 87 children. The parcel wrap took place in the Function Room at Morpeth Riverside Lodge courtesy of Liz Durning.
In spite of all this activity the Lions had time to agree and set in motion two donations of £500. The first of these was to agree £500 for the Lions Multiple District Disaster Fund to help communities who have suffered in the recent floods. Lions Clubs in Tynedale, Cumbria and Dumfries are all fully involved in clean-up and other work following the devastating floods and, to help this work, they are able to draw on funds from Lions Multiple District. Indeed, within 24 hours of the flooding, Multiple District had already committed £34,000 to Clubs helping in the affected areas with more financial aid to follow.
The second donation was to help Syrian refugees in a camp in Lebanon. Lion Geoff Bushell has been in close contact with a Norwegian Lions Club which is setting up a medical centre at the camp and also the provision and funding to fit prosthetic limbs to youngsters who have lost limbs in the Syrian conflict. Following Geoff’s initiative, Lions Clubs throughout the United Kingdom are helping with this project. Any members of the public who would like to make a donation can do so through Morpeth Lions (01670 504904).
Lion President Ian Brown said “It has been a tremendous effort by Club members, their helpers and many local organisations. We are very much indebted to those giving us their support. The Lions look forward to continuing their work with your help in 2016.”
Durham Lions help Alana
Alana, pictured with her mother Claire and her grandmother Joan was born a year ago, became severely jaundiced and was diagnosed as having a hole in her heart. She has 22q11.2 duplication syndrome, which is a rare chromosome disorder. She is registered blind and has many other conditions including kidney, bowel, bladder problems, nerve problems, her heart valves do not close fully and she may become prone to seizures. Obviously all of this has resulted in many hospital visits and delays to her ability to develop the life skills, normally taken for granted with a one year old child, including walking, sitting upright etc.
In order to avoid Alana and her mother becoming housebound, a specially designed car seat and tilting stroller is urgently needed. Unfortunately the NHS will only provide equipment of this nature when Alana is three years old.
Claire, a part time nurse, is determined to raise the necessary funds and has already run a fund raising event at St Luke’s Church, Ushaw Moor in December. In addition Claire has set up a donation site – please click here to view .
Don’t be mislead by how bright and cheerful Alana looks…. it’s all going on inside!!
Dumfries Lions Honour Service
Dumfries Lions recently honoured three outstanding members with the presentation of a Melvin Jones Fellowship to mark their achievements in the spirit of Lionism.
Lion Bill Walker, a charter member, has served the Club as President, long time Secretary and also District 105 NE as District Governor.
Lion Ewan Fraser, another charter member, has also served as President and as Fundraising Officer for many years when he has helped raise thousands of pounds for local good causes.
Lion Alasdair Cook, a Lion of many years experience and the best President Dumfries never had, worked tirelessy for the Club as Treasurer for many years. Alasdair also took charge of the Club scrapbook and has a hat trick wins in the NE Scrapbook Trophy.
Whitby Lions assist young people through WHISH
A group of Whitby District Lions met with some of the committee of Whitby Hidden Impairments Support and Help group, to learn about the work that they undertake in the local community and to find out if there was any way that they could offer a helping hand.
Yvonne (left of photo) and Vicky (right of photo) explained that the main purpose of WHISH is to help young people with hidden impairments. These impairments are not always obvious and often do not draw the sympathies and understanding of the general public. There is a huge range represented from Attention Deficit Disorder through to Asperger’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, to Visual impairment and all points in between. The group also acts as an aid to parents and supports both young people and their parents together in activities that otherwise may be difficult for families to experience. A typical months activities range from youth clubs and Saturday clubs to horse riding, swimming, cinema trips and fun sports sessions along with the all important fund raising activities.
WHISH have just managed to gets an office and activities room in the Ropery complex in Whitby and are busy trying to set it up with office equipment. Whitby District Lions handed over a cheque for £300.00 towards a desk top computer to help in the future running of the group.
Morpeth Lions entertain the elderly
The Lions’ annual Christmas Party for senior residents of Morpeth took place again at the Riverside Lodge. Around 150 senior citizens attended and were treated to live entertainment, bingo and tea. The guests were joined by the Mayor, Cllr Alison Byard who made a point of circulating round to chat with the guests and joining in the carol singing. Entertainment was supplied by the band “Just Us” with a repertoire of Christmas songs and carols and by young singer, Lewis, who got the guests tapping their feet or in some cases dancing.
Lion President, Ian Brown, thanked all those for making the afternoon a success. Those thanked included Liz and Bill Durning of the Riverside for providing the room, crockery and staff, the entertainers Just Us and Lewis, the Guides for helping serve tea, the Red Cross, the Lions Wives and Partners for providing the food and the Mayor, Alison Byard. Ian said “It has been a magnificent effort by all concerned and in particular by event organiser Lion Margaret Trewick, by Joy Offord and Anne Gray for organising the food and by Les Sage for compering the afternoon.” The Mayor, Cllr Alison Byard, joined Ian on stage and gave a warm tribute to the Lions and the work they do in the town. .
As the guests left the concert room, there were a lot of happy faces and much thanks to the Lions. Most were already looking forward to next year.
Tynedale Lions help out at 2km disability road race
Tynedale Lions Club was pleased to sponsor the 2015 Tyne Tunnel International 2 kilometre disability road race on 11th September in Tyne and Wear. The Club contributed £1k towards the running costs of this prestigious event now in its 15th year. The race was conceived by race organizer David Burdus of Tynedale Lions.
The Tunnel was specially closed to night-time traffic to enable the race to take place and was won by Great Britain’s paralympic athlete David Weir who retained his title on Tyneside ahead of a competitive field in what organizers claim is the fastest wheelchair race on the planet.
Speeds in excess of 50mph are achieved on the downhill section using precision-made state of the art racing wheelchairs and because of this the field has to be restricted to a maximum of 24 athletes for safety reasons. Tynedale Lion Bernie Quinn was delighted to be invited to the event and to meet Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson who started the race and to meet those athletes taking part. He said, “Its amazing to think that the tunnel operators put the passion of these competitors ahead of keeping the traffic flowing on the A19. However the race is definitely a real beacon for disability sport in the North East of England and my Club was more than willing to offer some financial assistance.
Collection goes with a Bang
Every year Morpeth Rugby Club holds its annual Fireworks Display which is attended by many hundreds of local residents. This year it was again a spectacular event with the evening mist making it even more atmospheric. In recent years the Rugby Club has generously allowed Morpeth Lions to hold a collection as the crowds leave the grounds.
This year the money raised will again assist with the Lions’ Christmas activities. These include ‘Meet the Lions’ which provides tea and entertainment for up to 150 local elderly and disabled people, food parcels for the elderly and about Christmas presents for around 70 children whose circumstances mean they would otherwise receive little or nothing. The cost of these activities is over £4000.
This year’s “bonfire” collection broke all records as £623 was raised in less than half an hour. Lion President Ian Brown commented “As ever we are reliant on the generosity of the public and cooperation from numerous friendly contacts. The people of Morpeth and the surrounding area have always been supportive. With their help we hope to provide a Happy Christmas for many who could be considered less fortunate”.
Filey Lion Andrew Dixon MJF
Filey Lions 51st charter dinner was held at the Expanse Hotel, Bridlington with 59 attendees enjoying good food, friendship and dancing.
Filey Lion Andrew Dixon received a Melvin Jones Fellowship award from Vice district Governor Dave Wells, for 37 years of service to the club and movement. Lion Andrew was instrumental in setting up major fundraising events including the Donkey Derby, Charity Golf day and Santa sleigh runs.
Life saving training aids donated by Durham Lions
Durham Lions made a presentation of much needed equipment to the local St John Ambulance group in Spennymoor. The equipment consisting of four dummy torsos will greatly assist with the training of volunteers in their life saving activities.
Members of the dedicated SJA group came along to support the bucket collections that Durham Lions held to raise money for their equipment and thoroughly deserve all the help that they can get. SJA members Lynda Aunger, Stuart Readman, Kirsty Readman, Andrew Hall and Janice Lewarne were there to receive the equipment from Lions Peter Oakley, Bill Foster and Gil Dowson.