Ryedale Lions Club
Ryedale Lions Club has more than 40 active members covering the North Yorkshire area around Pickering, Kirkbymoorside, Helmsley and surrounding villages.
It provides practical and financial help to individuals, community groups and charities, mainly in our local area in North Yorkshire but also further afield. It offers members an opportunity to meet, socialise and work together for the benefit of others.
Each year local people help the club in a variety of ways to raise more than £20,000 for those less able to help themselves.
The club’s major fund-raising events include a Santa Sleigh tour of the area in the run-up to Christmas bringing delight to thousands, both young and old. It also runs an annual golf tournament and competitions that involve money-raising activities. Lions club members are also regular supporters of charity fund-raising days and help out as stewards at local summer shows and other events.
Club social events for members and guests are also held regularly.
Here are some examples of how we are using the money to help both young and old, those living alone and less able to help themselves, families in need of support or innocent victims of unforeseen events and natural disasters.
Many donations that we make are channelled through existing support groups but we also offer help to individual cases of hardship and need.
Through our international organisation we support work further afield, responding to disaster appeals with practical equipment needed on the ground to restore services. The club also provides continuing support for a school in Africa funding education for those who would otherwise go without.
Closer to home we support charities including Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Ryedale Special Families, Ryedale Carers, St Catherine’s Hospice, Macmillan Nurses, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Wilf Ward Family Trust, and the Samaritans.
The club has recently arranged to fund special radios for Ryedale residents via the Wireless for the Blind charity, purchased ukuleles to help a group of pensioners take up a new hobby and each year we pay for a family in need to have a much deserved break in a seaside holiday chalet.
We also help to fund specialised and costly medical equipment not available through the NHS for local people, most recently for a 15-year-old disabled boy in need of a walking frame.
Ryedale Lions operates a fleet of more than 50 mobility scooters to help those who would otherwise be housebound to retain their independence. And we have now distributed 5,000 Message in a Bottle containers locally to help people receive speedier treatment in the event of medical emergencies at home.
At Christmas we help local churches provide lunches on Christmas Day and fund seats for children from seven local schools to visit a panto show.
We also work with the Salvation Army to provide presents for local needy children and have recently begun work supporting the Ryedale Foodbank with breakfast foods for children during the school summer holidays,.
There is much more we are doing and still more we could do. But none of it would be possible without the generosity of our local community, for which we would like to say a heartfelt thanks.
For further information please contact:
Ryedale Lions Club Press Officer,
112 Eastgate, Pickering. YO18 7DW
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