LIONS: Funding many good causes

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At its recent annual general meeting, Morpeth Lions Club Treasurer Geoff Bushell reported that last year the club was able to distribute more than £17,000 to more than 80 organisations, mostly local.

This was possible by facilitating events such as Dickens of a Draw and the Lion Swim, where other groups were able to fund-raise for themselves.

From other fund-raising events, we have assisted a number of youth organisations and helped to look after some of the needs of children with a variety of disabilities or disadvantages, as well as provide Christmas presents.

At the opposite end of the age range, we enable Morpeth Partially Sighted Group to attend its monthly meetings, while our Meet the Lions afternoon provides tea and entertainment for up to 150 local elderly and infirm townsfolk.

Major donations included £1,350 to Stobhill’s Beacon Community Project, £1,000, as a result of the co-operation of Morrison’s Morpeth store for a Christmas collection, to Wansbeck Food Bank towards its valued work in our community, and £775 towards the local Special Olympics minibus appeal.

There was £750 for Newcastle’s Sick Children’s Trust, £713 to the Morpeth Gathering Committee by way of undertaking its street collection, and £500 to both the Great North Air Ambulance and Contact Mental Health from a Casino Night.

At an international level, donations have been made to help blind people in India and assist areas affected by natural disasters via their local lions clubs.

Our voluntary service would not, however, have been possible without the generosity of the people of Morpeth, the co-operation of local businesses, or the understanding and assistance of our wives and partners.

Fund-raising is never easy. However, we believe that the emphasis should be on the fun part of the word.

We always welcome new members and hope that anyone interested in finding out more about Morpeth Lions Club will contact Simon Pringle on 01670 513169.

Margaret Trewick

President, Morpeth Lions Club