Bumper payout to worthy causes

Local charities and organisations receive cheques from Morpeth Lions Club President, Dave Wheeler.
Local charities and organisations receive cheques from Morpeth Lions Club President, Dave Wheeler.

A MORPETH community group has given a bumper payout to more than 30 charities and organisations.

Many of the beneficiaries had participated in Morpeth Lions Club’s Dickens of a Draw raffle scheme, in which the Lions organise the prizes and tickets and the organisations sell the tickets and receive all the money they raise back.

This year, they collected £5,374 between them and representatives from many of them were presented with their share at a recent club meeting.

Morpeth Lions President Dave Wheeler said: “I would like to congratulate you all on your efforts and feel sure that you will put what you have raised to good use.

“This is also a good opportunity to pay tribute to Lion Mike Nicholson, who organised the draw and ensured there were many attractive prizes.”

Club members also approved payments totalling £1,450 to other organisations including Sight Savers, Water Aid and the Newcastle Children’s Hospital Charity.