Lions share out boosts local good causes
A local health charity, a carers support team, a brass band and scout group, and help centre for those isolated by disability or mental illness are among those to benefit from the Ryedale Lions 2016 share-out of thousands of pounds of club funds.
The donations are the first tranche of more than £8,000 raised on board the Lions Santa Sleigh around Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley to help local good causes.
“Local people have been more than generous in donating their money to us and we have promised to use the money to support local charities,” said Lions Club president, Jim Ingham. “There are many deserving causes but we have targeted our cash at organisations that will help young and old, those in need of a helping hand through no fault of their own and families affected by a rare but serious illness.”
The Next Steps group offering support within Ryedale to people with disabilities and mental health issues, including those that suffer with isolation and loneliness, has been given £1.000. Its volunteers and staff provide support to more than 120 people in Ryedale to help them develop self- confidence, improve work prospects and access to statutory services.
The Lions donation will support cafe-style drop-in centres in Norton, Pickering and Kirkbymoorside, offering help, activities, advice and computer skills, as well as provide opportunities to meet and mix socially.
“This is an amazing gift and we feel overwhelmed by the generosity of the Lions. This money will help our charity tremendously in this difficult financial climate and help people who
otherwise would suffer in silence,” said Leisa Burniston, Next Steps Service Manager.
Another £1,000 donation from the Lions will help the Encephalitis Society, based in Malton, to continue its global work supporting people affected by the condition, an inflammation of the brain.
The money will be used in many different ways, from funding its support line, through to training volunteers to help others with encephalitis, or even covering the cost of a member’s place at one of its specialist residential retreats.
“We would like to thank Ryedale Lions Club – and the people of Ryedale – for their generosity. This very kind donation means we will be able to do a lot of good work supporting people who have been affected by encephalitis – a condition which can affect any one of any age around the world,” said chief executive Dr Ava Easton.
A third donation of £1.000 goes to Ryedale Carers Support which provides practical and emotional help for carers, the people they care for and older people living on their own.
“Many people aged over 85 spend virtually all of their time in the home and long periods with no contact with the outside world or their family. Such lack of social contact can bring about loneliness and depression. This can be even worse in rural communities where older people have very limited access to public transport,” said manager Claire Hall.
The Lions cash will help the Carers Support team continue thriving monthly events such as its Farmer’s Breakfast at Middleton village hall where retired people from north Ryedale’s rural community living alone and often reliant on carers are brought together to meet and chat over a bite to eat.
Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band’s ambitious extension plan for a new band and scout hall in Manor Vale has been boosted by a £1.500 donation from the Lions towards the building work.
“We have sufficient pledges of generous financial support to begin the build but there remains more to be done to bridge a significant funding gap before the build can be finalised and so we are extremely grateful for the Lions support,” said John Barrett, the band’s treasurer.
The new 200-seater hall and scout room will provide a massive boost to two local groups who provide support, personal development and enjoyment to many youngsters in the town. The scouts are in need of fresh new facilities, while the band’s teaching efforts are bursting at the seams in its existing band room with some 120 musicians learning to play brass.
Another £500 Lions donation is going to the Kirk Theatre in Pickering to help upgrade its communications system and further beneficiaries for remaining funds are currently being identified by the Ryedale Lions Club.