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Hospice and “Home Away From Home” Benefit From Durham Lions

l to r Lion President Alvan, Jade McArdle and Lion George

Durham Lions President Alvan Bailey and Secretary George O’Donnell visited St Cuthbert’s Hospice at Merry Oaks, Durham.  There, we met Jade McArdle, the Community and Events Fundraiser, to make the formal presentation of our cheque for £350.00, which was raised by the proceeds of a challenge darts match held some time earlier at the New Inns in Durham between Ustinov College and the Ushaw Moor Catholic Club Ladies team.  Jade was very pleased to be able to let us know that St Cuthbert’s, after an unannounced visit from the governments Care Quality Commission, had been rated as ‘OUTSTANDING’.  There is no higher mark and no other adult hospice has thus far managed this. After the presentation we enjoyed coffee and tea served by cheerful volunteers in their tearoom and then had a walk around the lovely grounds surrounding the hospice.

l to r Lion Alvan, Lion Miriam, Tracy and Lion John with the cheque for £300.00

l to r Lion Alvan, Lion Miriam, Tracy and Lion John with the cheque for £300.00

Durham Lion President Alvan Bailey with Lions Miriam and John King visited the Butterwick House in Stockton on Tees and had the pleasure of being able to present a cheque for £300.00 to Tracy Bowstead.  Butterwick House is set up as a home away from home for children, teenagers and their families to visit, some for the day, many for a few days.  The children ranging from 0 to 19 years have a range of healthcare needs.  Butterwick has many facilities including a large lounge/playroom, kitchen, hydrotherapy pool, sensory garden, multi-sensory room and craft room. It has four colourful bedrooms that can be adapted to suit a variety of needs.  There are also facilities for families to stay.  Sadly, some children need end of life care and this is provided in a thoughtful, caring way with a Bereavement Service available.

District Convention 2018



16th to 18th November 2018
Join us for some good old fashioned Yorkshire hospitality at our 36th Annual District Convention at The Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton.
Nestled in the centre of the Vale of York, Northallerton is the heart and county town of North Yorkshire. The town has good communication links, it is on the East Coast main line, and is situated in the centre of the A1(M) and A19 corridors.
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