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Spennymoor Youth Council understanding Lions

Lions George and Alvan with members of the Youth Council

Durham Lions President Alvan Bailey and Lion Secretary George O’Donnell went along to a meeting of the Spennymoor Youth Council. Lion George gave an explanation of the work and aims of Lions international and its member clubs. They now know more about Lions and we know much more about the Youth Council and its aims.

When the original funding ran out the Town Council took into account Councillor Pat Lawton’s previous experience and involvement with young people and youth councils and decided that it would be cost effective for her to facilitate the running of the Youth Council, with some administrative support from the town council staff. Now, a new constitution is in place and an application made to join the British Youth Council. 

The Youth Council has the aims of breaking down stereotypical images of youth and to participate in a variety of issues in the area. They have adopted a charity, Papyrus UK, which is involved with the prevention of young suicides. Already eight local youngsters have successfully completed a 2 day assist (mental health) training course. Five of these young people serve on the Youth Council. In addition they have carried out conservation work on during the summer and are discussing many other projects.

After the formal meeting we all took part in a team building exercise involving the use of spaghetti and marshmallows to see which of two teams to build the highest tower. The adjudicator diplomatically decided the result was a draw. 


Scouts help spread the Lions life-saver message

Ryedale Lions club and local scouts have teamed up to help more people be prepared for sudden illness or accident at home.

The Lions are distributing supplies of a potentially life-saving Message in a Bottle free of charge to help protect people who live alone or may be at risk in the event of a medical emergency at home.

Boys and girls from The 1st Vale of Pickering Scout Group and Akela Lynne Bowman lent their support by helping to pack the information leaflets which fit inside each small plastic container, ready for distribution.

The small plastic bottles, kept handily in the home fridge, provide a unique way for vulnerable people to store vital personal information about their health, regular medicines, and emergency contacts.

North Yorkshire police and fire crews joined the scouts to welcome the initiative.  “When somebody living alone has an accident or sudden illness they may not be able to communicate.  The Message in a Bottle can save us valuable minutes and hours in providing the right life-saving help and alerting other family members,” said Stuart Moss, Pickering fire station watch manager.

More than six million bottles have now been donated by Lions clubs across the UK and Ryedale Lions has distributed 6,000 through GP and dentist surgeries and other local outlets.

“Everybody thinks it won’t happen to them, but we know it can.  Every bottle we distribute is potentially a life saved,” said Lions Club organiser, Roy Foggin.

Anyone interested in obtaining a free Lions Message in a Bottle should contact their local GP surgery, dentist or pharmacy.

Filey Lions help Zaaeryn

Little Zaaeryn Suscenko, of Filey has not has an easy start in life. A bright little boy, he is trapped inside a body which doesn’t work, suffering from severe Cerebral Palsy

In his arms and legs. Things which most children take for granted like playing with a toy, sitting up or walking, he is unable to do as his body is floppy. When his Occupational Therapist suggested a specialist fully supportive Car seat for him, at least he would be able to travel out with his family. Regretfully the NHS were unable to fund the seat, and his parents, Micah and Jemma, turned to Filey Lions club for help. The club were delighted to help out and purchased the seat from Windmill Special Products of Wigan.

The seat was delivered on Thursday 15th October and Zaeeryn is now happy to be able to get out in the car with the rest of his family.

Morpeth Lions’ eight days of fund raising

Lions members ready for the Asda bag pack

Lions members ready for the Asda bag pack

It was all go for Morpeth Lions with just over a week of fund raising earlier this autumn.  In a packed programme between 28th September and 5th October the Lions managed to raise over £2000.  Not content with just fund raising, Lions Club members also helped out at the Special Olympics held in Morpeth Leisure Centre on 1st October.

The Lions were on the streets collecting during the Food Festival and raised nearly £650 and the very next day they were in Asda, Ashington for a bag pack which raised in excess of a further £400.

Bubble Foundation’s Gill Johnson receiving the cheque from Ian Brown

Bubble Foundation’s Gill Johnson receiving the cheque from Ian Brown

Like buses, when you wait for ages and three come along together, these eight days also included two Charity Chinese Banquets.  These were in aid of the President’s Charity which this year is the Bubble Foundation. “Bubble” babies are born without an immune system and they cannot fight infection. Even the simplest cold virus passed on by a mother’s kiss can kill them.  They are cared for by a Bubble of clean air known as “Sterile isolation”.  The Bubble Foundation works to save the lives of these babies.

The Children’s Bone Marrow Treatment Unit in Newcastle is only one of two specialised centres in the British Isles that give these babies a chance of life.  The treatment involves transplanting new immune cells into the babies’ bone marrow to help them develop an immune system.  Treatment can be for 6 months or more.  The Unit also treats older children with deficient immune systems.  The good news is that survival has now increased from 50% to 80% thanks to the staff and expertise of the Bubble Unit.

The two Chinese Banquets were attended by some 120 people in total and they raised over £1000.  Bubble Foundation’s Fundraising Manager, Gill Johnson was on hand to receive a cheque from President Ian Brown.  She was delighted to receive the monies which will go towards much needed state-of-the-art equipment and research.

Lion President Ian Brown congratulated the Club on a tremendous effort but added none of this would be possible without the generosity of the local communities, friends and visitors. Ian thanked all those attending the events, those who gave raffle prizes, the staff at Asda Ashington and, the management and staff of the Mulan Restaurant without whom the Charity Dinners would have been possible.

Filey Lions 10km raises almost £1,000

This event is in it’s 7th year and in 2014 over 140 runners entered. The race start & finish is on Filey Country Park and after approximately 1km on road the whole of the race is on the Beach where runners run to Hunmanby Gap where the turning point is and then return to Filey on the sandy beach.

A total of 99 runners took to the beach on a murky morning at the end of September for the 5k run to Hunmanby Gap and 5k back again.

The event was enjoyed by all participants and supported by most club members at the start and finish or at marshalling points on route and the event, sponsored by Deep Sea Electronics of Hunmanby, raised almost £1000 for charitable funds.

Northallerton Lionesses support St Teresa Hospice

The Lioness Fashion show  held at M and Co‘s  High Street shop in Northallerton. The money raised was divided between St Teresa’s Hospice and Lioness Charities.

St Teresa’s Hospice is a Registered Charity, No 518394 as: The Darlington & District Hospice Movement. It provides Hospice at Home respite service, specialist palliative care beds and 20 places a day, 4 days a week for Day Therapy. In addition it offers Carers Support, Counselling, Social Work and Bereavement Support, Driving Service, High Standards of Palliative Care and a Multi Disciplinary team. It was Founded in 1986 and is Free to all people in their catchment area: i.e. South Durham and North Yorkshire.

Lioness’s and friends enjoying the evening from left to right Susan Dodsworth,Joan Derbyshire, Verity, Beryl Larder,Edward,Linda Goodall,Beryl Newnham,Maureen Grayson,Ann Neave,and June McVeigh.

Thank you all who supported the very enjoyable evening.

Durham Lions Golf for Jade-Aid

Jade and her parents, Tony and Roz, at the event with Durham Lion George O’Donnell. Also in the photo is Shadow, a black Labrador who is being trained to be an ‘assistance’ dog to help her by picking things up and retrieving them for her; also giving Jade companionship during times when things are not so good.

Jade and her parents, Tony and Roz, at the event with Durham Lion George O’Donnell. Also in the photo is Shadow, a black Labrador who is being trained to be an ‘assistance’ dog to help her by picking things up and retrieving them for her; also giving Jade companionship during times when things are not so good.

The Durham Lions Annual Charity Golf Competition held at the Houghton Le Spring Golf Club, Copt Hill raised £900.00.  This was dedicated to Jade-Aid, which was set up to support Jade Wormold-Gadd.  She is a local 15 year old girl who suffers with EDS, which is a group of connective tissue disorders producing a number of complex problems affecting many body systems, including the use of collagens.  They would normally provide strength and elasticity to tissues. However, in Jade’s case, they do not function correctly and this allows multiple dislocations to occur at any time.

The condition is so intrusive that, unfortunately, Jade suffered a dislocation of her shoulder whilst the photographs were being taken and could not stay at the event as long as she would have liked. She is now awaiting result from an MRI scan after experiencing problems with her pelvis. Jade knows very well what her many problems are, but she generally manages to remain cheerful and positive in her approach to life.

Saltburn Homes take Message in a Bottle

In late June, just 13 days before its closure, Middlesbrough Teesside Lions Club received an email request from Dennis Watson living at the Tingdene managed Hazelgrove Residential Park in Saltburn requesting a supply of the “Message in a Bottle”(MiaB). The request was forwarded to Yarm District Lions Club for action.

Lion Giles Bolitho, who had just transferred to Yarm Lions Club from the Middlesbrough Club where he handled the MiaB requests, visited Dennis with a supply of bottles. The site consists of 50 units each occupied by residents aged between 45 and 85 – many of them living on their own. In addition to being Treasurer of the Hazelgrove Residents Association, Dennis knows most of the residents’ needs and capabilities and considers the “Message in a Bottle” to be a necessity in each property.

A supply of 60 bottles has been left with Dennis and Geoff Callaghan Chairman of Hazelgrove Residents Association for them to distribute among the residents.

Within the next 12 months construction work on the site will be completed with a total of 80 units – additional bottles will be delivered when required.

The Club secretary recently received a phone call from an 87 year old lady living in Redcar. She explained that she had found and old and crumpled MiaB form in a drawer and asked if it would be possible to have a new form so that she could update her details. A bottle and form has been delivered to her with an explanation of the process – one ‘white cross on green background’ adhesive label to be placed adjacent to the front door and the other on the fridge door. The completed form is to be put inside the bottle which is placed inside the fridge. Emergency services will have access to all the information they need for treatment.

Filey’s Reading Chair

Filey Lions President Tony Nixon attended Filey Church of England Infant School for the official handover of a reading chair for the outdoor classroom which was funded by Filey Lions.

Lion Tony read the children a story and had photographs taken with them, teacher Sam Highley and headmistress Mrs. Crosier.

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District Convention 2018

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