Bumper payyout as draw nets thousands for charities

Local charities and organisations receive cheques from Morpeth Lions Club president Geoff Bushell and Lion Mike Nicholson.
Local charities and organisations receive cheques from Morpeth Lions Club president Geoff Bushell and Lion Mike Nicholson.

Morpeth Lions Club

THERE was a bumper payout when Morpeth Lions Club distributed almost £5,400 to 30 local charities and organisations.

The beneficiaries had participated in the club’s Dickens of a Draw. This is a raffle where the Lions organise the prizes and the tickets, with the organisations selling the tickets and getting back the money they raise.

A major beneficiary was Astley Community High School, which received nearly £700 from its ticket sales. This will be put to good use refurbishing the school’s outdoor centre in North Northumberland.

The Mayor Joan Tebbutt and her supporters raised a similar amount in aid of her nominated charity appeal, Henry Dancer Days.