Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917 and is the largest voluntary organisation in the world. Its principal goals are to promote good citizenship, to take an active interest in the community, to serve its needs and to relieve distress.
After a quiet start to the year we are back in business!
The money we raised from fireworks and the Santa collections is already being put to good use. At Christmastime, we distributed store vouchers to100 families referred to us as needing a little extra support. We also responded to individual requests for household items from those in need and unable to fund them.
We have booked ahead for our caravan holidays which will benefit up to 9 families, many of whom have never been on holiday before. We are also planning to take a coach load of children and families to a special Lions Day Out at Paulton’s Park in May. The rest of the money will be held in our welfare fund to be used throughout the year where help is needed.
Our next fundraiser will be our Giant Easter Egg raffles … watch this space for details!
Helping Our Community
The Lions Club of Newbury has been supporting the local community since it’s formation in 1970. Members are ordinary people like you who get together to help those who may need a bit of extra support from time to time. Organising fund raising activities, acting as stewards at other groups’ events and giving direct service while having fun are just some of the things we do.
Please contact us, if you have a few hours to spare every now and then and would like to help us.
The Lions primary aim is to serve and to help the local community
Following the response to our announcement that Fireworks 2016 was cancelled, we were encouraged to think again to see what could be done. After lengthy negotiations with the racecourse, we have come to an agreement that means the event can go ahead!!
We've been busy, busy getting involved in the organisation of this year's Culturefest. In a break from tradition, the event will be held at St Bartholemew's school in Newbury on Saturday 16th July from noon until 4pm.
A big thank you to everyone who took part in this year's Easter Egg challenge and helped us to raise just under £2000 for our welfare fund.
Lovely day at the Races last Saturday! Lion Vice President Drew was there (with a couple of hangers on) to present a cheque to the Injured Jockeys Fund. Richard Johnson, soon to become Champion Jockey, accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity.
We're now collecting the money from our Easter Egg raffles that were held in venues across Newbury and Thatcham. We challenged them to raise as much as they could and 'Top of the Charts' so far is The Rampant Cat in Woolton Hill, with £380 raised.
The last few of our Easter Eggs are now being placed. Thank you to the Two Watermills and the Cutting Bar in Newbury for agreeing to raffle one of our Giant Eggs.