Who are Lions?
Lions are ordinary people who use some of their spare time to help those in the community who may need support. Part of a world-wide organisation, Lions Clubs International, Newbury Lions Club has been active in the area since 1970. Referrals for help & support come from local Health Visitors and Social Services personnel as well as CAB and other voluntary organisations. Lions also raise awareness of health issues such as Diabetes and Sight problems, encouraging everyone to get themselves checked regularly.
Where does the money come from?
Fundraising events are held throughout the year to fund our work. We also help out at other groups’ fundraising activities and act as marshals for local events.
Our biggest event is our annual Fireworks Spectacular held at Newbury Racecourse, which has become well known throughout the area for its brilliant display and great value for money. This produces the bulk of our funds, so we are dependent on good weather and big crowds!
With the help of local pubs, clubs and companies, we raffle giant Easter Eggs each year and we also hold a Duck Race on the canal. We take our vintage roundabout to various fairs and fetes during the summer and also hold coffee mornings and social events to bring in some extra funds.
Newbury Lions Club members are always looking for new ways to generate funds that can be used to help those in greatest need.
How is the money spent?
Each year we receive individual requests for help with kitchen items, carpets, furniture and the like from those who find themselves in need. We may also support joint initiatives with other local clubs to provide expensive pieces of essential equipment such as wheelchairs.
At Christmas, we distribute store vouchers and in the summer we provide caravan holidays to families who have been referred to us. Lions throughout the District bring children and their families to Paulton’s Park for a day out in May. Newbury Lions usually take a coach-load to this annual event.
Lions Clubs may also contribute to national and international emergency appeals. This will be done by contributing to the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), who despatch funds immediately to the nearest Lions Club, to make sure that the money goes directly to where it is needed and does not get lost in administration and transport fees.
… anything else?
Above all, members of Newbury Lions Club enjoy getting out there and helping others! We have fun and also derive a great amount of personal satisfaction from being able to make life a little easier for other people who may not be as fortunate as we are. We also meet socially and enjoy meals, a game of Skittles or maybe a boat trip just to touch base occasionally.
Prize winners at our recent Zone Clubs Challenge