Yarm District Lions Club
Yarm is a small town of ancient foundation on the south bank of the River Tees. The oldest part of the town, around the High Street, is situated in a loop of the river and the newer parts of the town extend to Confluence with the Leven . The name of the town is thought to be derived from the Old Norse word yarum meaning an enclosure to catch fish or from the Old English gearum which has the same meaning. It is now part of Stockton-on-Tees and is on the western edge of the Tees Valley Conurbation.
Yarm Lions came into being in 1991 largely through the efforts of founder member Lion Eric Mason, who continues to be one of our active members. We were sponsored by Darlington Lions and chartered status was gained in 1992 with ……. members. As with all Lions Clubs it brings together community-spirited people, giving us the opportunity to serve local peoples’ needs, as well as national and international needs. We work in partnership with and support local organisations in the community, including the Butterwick Hospices, Daisy Chain, and the Great North Air Ambulance. Help is also given to people with disabilities to get to medical appointments, and to their dedicated club venues.
Yarm Lions were out and about on Yarm High Street on Saturday 21st March collecting funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. We would like to thank all the generous members of the public who donated to this worthy cause.
Marie Curie provide care and support for more than 40,000 terminally ill people and their families in the UK each year. Their nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. Their hospices offer specialist round-the-clock care. And they help people throughout their illness by giving practical information, support from trained volunteers and being there when someone wants to talk.
The money in all the collecting tins has now been counted and a total of £566.94 has been raised. Thank you.
We are engaged in the vital underpinning of activities within our local area. We are involved directly with the community when organising the Yarm Fun Run, The Yarm Charities Fair (which is now incorporated into Yarm Gala held on the second Sunday in June) and our popular Annual Christmas “Santa’s Sleigh” Collection for the needy of the area.
Help too is given to people with disabilities to get to medical appointments and to their dedicated club venues. Yarm District Lions have also provided donations to individuals engaged in national aid projects. We are engaged in the vital underpinning of activities within our local area: A “hands on” role aimed at improving local people’s quality of life. Support has also been given to those venturing abroad to help in orphanages, schools, hospitals and in other aid work based in village communities in third world countries such as Operation Raleigh. Encouragement has been given to individuals involved in personal development experiences.
An ongoing involvement as part of our international commitment is with Punyakamy School in Sri Lanka. Yarm Lions are supporting them in a small way. We first became involved when the firm of one of our members upgraded their computers. These were shipped out and installed with the maintenance cost being footed by Yarm Lions. This has been possible working with the co-operation of the Sri Lankan Lions Club of Galkissa. (Yarm Lion Anura initiated first contact with this club.) We are surprised how far our very modest monetary outlay is having in making life better for the staff and pupils.
Our current strength is seventeen members and we meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at “The Pot and Glass” Egglescliffe
For more information please visit our website.