A COMMUNITY group’s Christmas gamble has once again paid off thanks to the generosity of the Morpeth public.
Morpeth Lions Club spent about £2,500 from its funds on food to make up 200 Christmas food parcels and also deliver them to local needy, elderly or infirm residents before the money was raised for that particular act of service.
But it managed to bring in £2,756.07 from the Cash In A Can collection over a few days at the town’s Morrisons supermarket.
Club President Dave Wheeler said: “At this time of the year, many people think of others.
“It may be providing presents for loved ones, subscribing to a favourite charity or just looking in on a neighbour to ensure they are safe and well. This thought was recently brought home to us following our Christmas collection.
“We’re extremely grateful to the manager at Morrisons and his staff for allowing us to make the collection.
“While thanking all the generous residents of Morpeth and surrounding areas, as President of Morpeth Lions Club, I would like to wish our community and supporters a very happy and healthy New Year.”
During the final collection period, two overseas Lions Club members gave a helping hand.
Maureen and Rick Pockett from a club in Saskatchewan, Canada, were in the area and asked whether there would be an opportunity to assist in any local Lions activity.
Their offer was promptly taken up.