COLLECTION: Making a happy Christmas

A group of Lions Club members recently attended Morpeth Rugby Club's annual fireworks display together with many hundreds of local residents.

Friday, 18th November 2016, 5:00 am

What a spectacular event it was, despite earlier inclement weather.

It was a credit to all involved at the rugby club in organising it, and a particular joy to the young children who went home happy and excited.

In praising the rugby club for providing this spectacle, I would also like to thank it for again allowing Morpeth Lions Club to hold a public collection as people were leaving the grounds.

This year the money raised will again assist with our Christmas activities. These include Meet the Lions, which provides tea and entertainment for up to 150 local elderly and disabled people, food parcels for many local needy or lonely individuals and families, and also about 60 parcels of Christmas presents for children who otherwise would receive little or nothing.

The cost of these activities is usually over £4,000 and the collection of £394.34 will greatly assist our efforts.

As ever, we are reliant on the generosity of the public and co-operation from numerous friendly contacts.

The people of Morpeth and the surrounding area have always been supportive. With their help we hope to provide a happy Christmas for many who could be considered less fortunate.

Chris Offord

President, Morpeth Lions Club