Morpeth Lions’ eight days of fund raising
It was all go for Morpeth Lions with just over a week of fund raising earlier this autumn. In a packed programme between 28th September and 5th October the Lions managed to raise over £2000. Not content with just fund raising, Lions Club members also helped out at the Special Olympics held in Morpeth Leisure Centre on 1st October.
The Lions were on the streets collecting during the Food Festival and raised nearly £650 and the very next day they were in Asda, Ashington for a bag pack which raised in excess of a further £400.
Like buses, when you wait for ages and three come along together, these eight days also included two Charity Chinese Banquets. These were in aid of the President’s Charity which this year is the Bubble Foundation. “Bubble” babies are born without an immune system and they cannot fight infection. Even the simplest cold virus passed on by a mother’s kiss can kill them. They are cared for by a Bubble of clean air known as “Sterile isolation”. The Bubble Foundation works to save the lives of these babies.
The Children’s Bone Marrow Treatment Unit in Newcastle is only one of two specialised centres in the British Isles that give these babies a chance of life. The treatment involves transplanting new immune cells into the babies’ bone marrow to help them develop an immune system. Treatment can be for 6 months or more. The Unit also treats older children with deficient immune systems. The good news is that survival has now increased from 50% to 80% thanks to the staff and expertise of the Bubble Unit.
The two Chinese Banquets were attended by some 120 people in total and they raised over £1000. Bubble Foundation’s Fundraising Manager, Gill Johnson was on hand to receive a cheque from President Ian Brown. She was delighted to receive the monies which will go towards much needed state-of-the-art equipment and research.
Lion President Ian Brown congratulated the Club on a tremendous effort but added none of this would be possible without the generosity of the local communities, friends and visitors. Ian thanked all those attending the events, those who gave raffle prizes, the staff at Asda Ashington and, the management and staff of the Mulan Restaurant without whom the Charity Dinners would have been possible.