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City of Durham Lions Club

Club of the Year 2013/14

City of Durham Lions Club was chartered in 1970 joining the world wide Lions International organisation. Our activities are not confined to the City of Durham, we cover many of the surrounding areas with our support and activities.

Durham Lions give thanks to Poplar Tree Garden Centre and their generous customers during their recent bucket collections in aid of St John Ambulance and the Search and Rescue Dogs Association . Despite adverse weather and the Houghall Spring Fair being concurrent with one of the collections a healthy total of almost £600.00 was reached.

The photo shows, from left to right, Lion Keith Vear, Lion President Alvan Bailey handing the Lions cheque for £500 to Robert, then Lions Peter Oakley and Peter Crookes.

The photo shows, from left to right, Lion Keith Vear, Lion President Alvan Bailey handing the Lions cheque for £500 to Robert, then Lions Peter Oakley and Peter Crookes.

On 23 January Durham Lions Club President Alvan Bailey together with Lions Keith Vear, Peter Oakley and Peter Crookes joined a group of about 40  regulars at The Daleside Arms in Coxdale for a gentleman’s evening, no stripper but there was an adult comedian who entertained us after an excellent beef dinner provided by Michael and Sandra Patterson. Durham Lions presented a cheque for £500.00 to Robert Colgrove, a fundraiser from the Great North Air Ambulance service.  This money had been raised by Durham Lions Sponsored Golf Tournament in 2014. The evening had been organised by Paul Thompson and was dedicated to the memory of another regular, Sam Stoker, who sadly passed away recently. As a result of the regulars efforts Paul was able to present a further cheque for £400 to Robert.

Lion President Alvan Bailey making the presentation of the cheque for £400.00 to Luoise Killip, their manager, with Lions  Peter Oakley and Margaret Gibson. The Deputy Mayor of the Ferryhill Town Council, Ken Cambell is on the left

Lion President Alvan Bailey making the presentation of the cheque for £400.00 to Louise Killip, their manager, with Lions Peter Oakley and Margaret Gibson. The Deputy Mayor of the Ferryhill Town Council, Ken Cambell is on the left

Durham Lions again decided to support Endeavour Woodcrafts, which is a co-operative company based in Ferryhill Co Durham. It has been in existence for some 13 years, providing practical work training for people with a variety of issues. It is a relatively small organisation that offers very personal level of support to the people who go there. We joined them on 19th December for their Christmas party, complete with their buffet and disco.

Lion Peter Crookes joining in with some of the participants enjoying the disco.

Lion Peter Crookes joining in with some of the participants enjoying the disco.

We later received a very nice letter from Louise thanking us for the donation, which they will be using to buy a new piece of machinery. A coffee morning and cake sale was hosted by Joanna Angus of the Prince of Wales pub located in Hetton le Hole. The event was held at the Hetton Methodist Church just before Christmas and was attended by many local people who often go to the regular coffee mornings held there, making it a very sociable occasion. The sale of coffee and biscuits together with the cake sales and the raffle raised around £230 for Durham Lions Charity Funds. This was an interesting project, with the local community holding their own event to raise money to help us to help the community.

Lions George O'Donnell, John and Miriam King enjoying coffee and the very pleasant atmosphere.

Lions George O’Donnell, John and Miriam King enjoying coffee and the very pleasant atmosphere.

Lion President Alvan thanked the people at the event for their support and friendliness.

Message In A Bottle (MIAB) update. Action by Lion John King during the last few days has opened up new contacts for the Message in a Bottle scheme, 50 have already been supplied to Nikki Merryweather, who is a community officer at the Chester Le Street Hospital. As part of a team, she visits vulnerable people and assesses their needs, so we can be sure the MIABs will be given to people who have a need for them. In addition she has been approached by a colleague at the Cornerstones Community Centre in Chester Le Street, which plays host to a number of community organisations. Apparently, they had not previously been able to source a supply of MIABs, however, Lion John is awaiting contact from that group but is holding 25 MIABs in readiness for them. A very useful spin off from this is that Nikki told Lion John that they will be holding an awareness day using the Abbey Sports Centre as a venue on Thursday 18th June and we are invited to have a display board and representation there.An explanation of the MIAB scheme is given below:- MIAB is a distinctive plastic bottle holding a list of information about you that could save your life, by helping the Emergency Services respond quickly to your individual needs. The bottle is placed in the fridge door, where the Emergency Services have been trained to look. A green cross sticker is placed on the inside of the main door, or any other obvious place, and another sticker on the door of the fridge. The information provided should list your medication and where it is kept, contact details, major medical conditions, personal doctor and anything considered to need attention in those first critical moments. Further information can be obtained by contacting durhamlionssecretary@gmail.com

Durham Lions donated £300.00 to the Kids Cancer Charity in response to their appeal for help in providing respite breaks for three County Durham children suffering with cancer. The charity was established in 1989 by a group of parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer, which highlighted the lack of information and support available for other parents in similar positions. Their aims are to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and to provide support for their families.

Their services include respite breaks, play therapy,and bereavement support. Families are offered weeklong stays at one of four mobile homes in Porthmadog, Lydstep or Manorbier on the Welsh coast. Two of the caravans are designed for wheelchair use by children weakened or disabled by their illness. The photos show their logo and a couple of views at a mobile home.

Last year they organised 239 respite breaks at an average cost of around £550.00 per family. The charity’s six full time employees aided by seven part time and around twenty volunteers managed to provide 239 respite breaks and give help to 1,408 families in the last year.

The charity can be found on Facebook and also has a web site which can be viewed by clicking here.

City of Durham Lions Club meets at the Daleside Arms, Croxdale, DH6 5HY, on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Durham Lions are on Facebook as Durham UK Lions and their page can be viewed by clicking here

We can be contacted at :- durhamlionssecretary@gmail.com

If anyone is interested in finding out more or perhaps coming along to one of our meetings to see what its all about please make contact using the information shown and, if needed, one of us will come along and pick you up and welcome you to our meeting.

If you need the password to the "Member's Area" please e-mail here including the name of your Lions Club.
DG Team 2017/18

District Governor (centre)
Lion Malcolm Hogg
Aberdeen Bon Accord

1st Vice District Governor (right)
Lion David Wilson
Filey

2nd Vice District Governor (left)
Lion Richard Lukey
Malton



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