Lions work hard to raise cash and spirits

Morpeth Lions members Ian Mills and David Armstrong collecting at Morrisons.
Morpeth Lions members Ian Mills and David Armstrong collecting at Morrisons.
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Donations have been piling up to support the less fortunate this Christmas.

Members of Morpeth Lions have been working hard this month as they make sure people can enjoy the festive spirit.

Ian Brown with Joan and Robin Cooper at the Christmas parcel wrap.

Ian Brown with Joan and Robin Cooper at the Christmas parcel wrap.

They took part in a ‘Tin in a Bin’ collection at Morrisons, delivering food parcels to the needy, plus Christmas clothes and toy parcels for children of families in desperate circumstances.

More than £2,100 was raised at Morrisons and from that the Lions donated £1,500 to the Food Bank which operates in Morpeth and Wansbeck Valley, with food bought for 100 families.

The other £600 was spent on a small treat for 100 elderly identified through Age UK.

At the same time, the Lions were ‘adopting’ families or collecting toys for families in crisis.

Morpeth Lions Club President Ian Brown, left, presents the cheque to Linda Fugill of the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank.

Morpeth Lions Club President Ian Brown, left, presents the cheque to Linda Fugill of the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank.

The club, through Lion Robin Cooper and his wife Joan, works closely with local professionals to target needy families.

The toy collection was supported by Asda Ashington who set up a trolley collection in the store, by Morpeth St George’s URC toy service and the Sage Academy, with toys and clothes sent to 51 families, totalling 87 children.

In spite of all this activity the Lions had time to agree and set in motion two donations of £500.

The first of these was for the Lions Multiple District Disaster Fund to help communities who have suffered in the recent floods.

The second donation was to help Syrian refugees in a camp in Lebanon. Lion Geoff Bushell has been in close contact with a Norwegian Lions Club which is setting up a medi,cal centre at the camp and also the provision and funding to fit prosthetic limbs to youngsters who have lost limbs in the Syrian conflict.

Morpeth Lions President Ian Brown said: “It has been a tremendous effort by club members, their helpers and many local organisations. We are very much indebted to those giving us their support.

“The Lions look forward to continuing their work with your help in 2016.”