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