Lions have two grand a time at fund-raising

Morpeth Lions Club members ready for the Asda bag pack.
Morpeth Lions Club members ready for the Asda bag pack.

Morpeth Lions Club

It was all go for Morpeth Lions Club with just over a week of fund-raising earlier this autumn.

In a packed programme between September 28 and October 5, the Lions managed to raise more than £2,000.

Not content with just fund-raising, Lions Club members also helped out at the Special Olympics held in Morpeth Leisure Centre on October 1.

The Lions were on the streets collecting during the Morpeth Food and Drink 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 to 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 continue for six months or more.

The unit also treats older children with deficient immune systems.

The good news is that survival rates have now increased from 50 per cent to 80 per cent, 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 more than £1,000.

The Bubble Foundation’s Fund-raising Manager, Gill Johnson, was on hand to receive a cheque from Lions President Ian Brown.

She was delighted to receive the money, which will go towards much-needed state-of-the-art equipment and research.

Ian congratulated the club on a tremendous effort, but added that none of this would have been possible without the generosity of 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 not have been possible.

Morpeth Lions Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, at 8pm at Morpeth RAFA Club in Wellway.

The club is always open to applications for membership.

See www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/morpeth for details.