Lions bring winter warmth

Morpeth Lions members and partners busy at the Christmas parcel wrapping location.
Morpeth Lions members and partners busy at the Christmas parcel wrapping location.

Morpeth Lions Club

December is always a busy time for Morpeth Lions and this year was no exception.

Activities in December include the Tin in a Bin collection at Morrisons, the delivery of food parcels to the needy, and the Christmas clothes and toy parcels for children of families in often desperate circumstances.

Without the support of residents of Morpeth and surrounding areas, none of this would be possible and Christmas would not happen for some families.

In early December, a cash collection was held at Morrisons in Morpeth. This was a great success with nearly £2,800 being collected for food parcels for the needy. In total some 200 food parcels were made up, 133 of which were for families and the remainder for the elderly. Ringtons kindly supported this project.

At the same time the Lions were collecting and buying toys for families in crisis. The club works closely with the county council Children Support and Disabled Children’s Teams, Newbiggin Health Centre and the Action for Children Centre at Morpeth.

The toy collection was greatly helped by Asda stores in Ashington, St George’s Church, Lucy Sage’s Dance School and the Lions Giving Tree, which we hope will be an annual event. Toys were sent out to over 50 families and around 90 children. Such was the tremendous response there were enough toys remaining to support the county council Family Recovery Project.

Dickens of a Draw offers fund-raising opportunities to local organisations. The raffle is organised by the Lions, and participating organisations keep the monies they raise from their ticket sales. In total the Draw raised around £5,400 for local organisations.

Lion President Stuart Lewis said “It has been a tremendous effort by club members, their helpers, supporters and many local organisations. We are very much indebted to all those residents in the local communities who once again have given us such fantastic support.”