Awareness, Food-bank & Unexpected Bonus

With the generous support of Tesco in Knowle we put up our banners on the morning of Saturday 27th October and engaged with their customers as they left the store. Our objective was to increase the awareness of Lions and to seek new members.

Whilst explaining without new members our Club of twenty would not be able to meet the ever increasing requests for help and funds we invited them to guess the value of the goods we had in our trolley.

As a generalisation the ladies used their years of shopping experience; the gents did an informed guess and the young just guessed. Read on.

Ute Smith, our Membership Secretary, declared the morning a great success as the shoppers had been generous with their time in listening to our pleas for their help.

The second objective was fulfilled at the end of the morning when all the goods in our trolley were donated to the Sparkhill Food-bank which is so generously  supported by Tesco and their customers every week.

The unexpected bonus came when we looked for the winner of the trolley competition. It was Sam aged five. The next surprise for us was to learn his Grandfather was Charles Jukes, a former member of K&D Lions and our President in 1987/88.

Our photo shows Sam holding his Certificate and his prize of a Lego voucher and wearing our Presidential Chain which holds the badge of office of his Grandfather.

Posted in Membership, News

26th Lions Festive Walk

Thursday 27 December 2018

Baddesley Clinton National Trust House B93 0DQ (5 miles from junction 5 M42) (Map)

Start any time after 8:30, finish by 16:00 

We hope you will put the date in your diary now and invite friends and relatives to join you for this traditional Twixmas walk. It’s a great opportunity to ‘walk off the Christmas pudding’, explore the Warwickshire countryside and enjoy the fresh air with the great atmosphere generated by walkers who join us every year as part of their traditional post Boxing Day exercise.

You do not have to enter in advance. Please save time on the day print and complete an

for your group and bring it with you.

Entry as always is FREE but we would appreciate a donation for our new partner charities

SoLO Life Opportunities

and

The UK Sepsis Trust

with half of all the funds generated retainedfestive lion for Lions locally determined causes

To avoid disappointment for those who could not make it last year we have decided, (with the exception of the long walk), to repeat last year’s planned walks – same distances, same routes, hopefully not the same weather!

On the day you choose from 4 routes :

  • Mini (1.4 miles) – starting from the front of Baddesley House; with the others all starting in the opposite direction past the church
  • Short (3.9 miles)
  • Medium (5.3 miles)
  • Long (8.6 miles) – it is strongly recommended that our guests start this walk no later than 10:30
  • don’t forget to bring your walking boots or wellies
  • the choice of routes should suit most levels of fitness, age and ability but are unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs, sorry
  • all sign-posted circular routes along country lanes, canal tow-paths and public footpaths, some with stiles, the long & medium routes passing close to a pub or two, and
  • all returning to Baddesley Clinton House where there will be hot mince pies and mulled wine to enjoy with the Lions, you can collect your well-deserved certificate of achievement and then
  • visit the House and Gardens FREE, and the restaurant will be happy to serve refreshments.
  • dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome provided they keep their considerate owners on a lead. Seriously, there will be sheep in fields and not all dogs mix, so please keep your dog on a lead at all times.

Every £ donated will go to charity, when all our costs have been more than covered by our generous sponsors.

Why not get your efforts sponsored for our partner charities or designate your own special worthy cause – download a sponsorship form or use MyDonate to make a donation or ask your friends to sponsor your walk.

You can help to make this event a success by displaying a poster at your work, club, local shop or perhaps send it to those you know may be interested. Please download a flyer here.

If you have any queries or would like to help the Lions organising this fundraising event please get in touch today

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley meets up with this year’s partner charities: Maria Brown from Solihull Life Opportunities (SoLO) & Paula Evans from Sepsis Trust UK outside Baddesley Clinton House

Sponsors

As with all our events we try to cover the costs of running them through sponsorship from local businesses so as much money as possible will go to our charities. At this time we have one or two vacancies for sponsors. If your company would like to help us by supporting any of our fundraising events we would love to hear from you, so please get in touch now.

We are very grateful to following businesses and organisations for their generous support helping us to achieve this

A BIG THANK YOU!

 

 

 

 

Posted in Festive Walk, News

Festive Walk launch

This week we launch this years 26th Festive Walk at Baddesley Clinton with the partner charities who will share half of all the proceeds with our Community Services who will distribute the other half to locally determined causes

Lion Santa Paul Wheatley meets up with this year’s partner charities Maria Brown from SoLO Life Opportunities & Paula Evans from Sepsis Trust UK

Our press release:

Lions Festive Walk Off the Christmas Pudding

This year’s Lions Festive Walk, the 26th organised by Knowle & Dorridge Lions from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House, will be on Thursday 27th December.

“This year’s event will offer 4 different signposted routes to follow of between 1.4 and 8.6 miles along footpaths, towpaths, & lanes” says organiser Lion James Dawes “Over the past 25 years our walks have raised over £200,000 for charity with anything upto 2,000 walkers (and dogs) making donations or getting their efforts sponsored each year.

“It seems that our Festive Walks have become key part of many families Christmas plans whatever the weather and by the day after Boxing Day many families welcome the chance to pull on their wellies or walking boots and get some exercise. After their walks they can visit Baddesley house and garden free and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie with the Lions”

Beneficiaries of this year’s Festive Walk are SoLO Life Opportunities and the UK Sepsis Trust, whilst the Lions will retain half of all funds raised for locally determined causes. “We are incredibly grateful to the Lions for choosing our charities to benefit from this year’s Festive Walk and Knowle Fun Run in May. We hope walkers & runners alike will get behind their efforts and donate generously to our causes,” say Paula Evans & Maria Brown from the charities.

Put 27 December in your diary now and visit www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/walk for more details and to download a free registration form to complete and bring with you.

Posted in Festive Walk, News

Tea Party another great success

Once again this October we invited all local senior citizens to join us for a superb tea party at the Knowle Royal British Legion with fantastic entertainment from Sisters in Song – Rebecca  & Julia with daughter Hannah

Scroll down to watch the video for some key messages about some of our projects we have been working on from our President Bob Thurtle.

Chairman Bob told the audience about some of the projects we have been working on. If you have any suggestions let us know, we are always interested to hear the community's views about what we need. What do you think we could spend some of the donations on?

Posted by Knowle and Dorridge Lions on Saturday, 13 October 2018

 

Posted in Elderly, News

Where the money went

Here are just some of the disbursements over the last 12 months:

Activities

  • Elderly Coach Outing
  • Pensioners Tea Party
  • Presentation Evening
  • Christmas Distribution to Elderly residents

£3,480

Lions Clubs International causes

  • Hikkaduawa Flood appeal
  • Sight Savers trust
  • District project
  • Youth Award

£1,038

Community Services

  • Youth Travel Bursary & other youth grants
  • Dorridge Primary school
  • Solihull Talking Newspapers
  • 4th Knowle Sea Scouts
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Fast Aid
  • Memorial Benches (Knowle and Dorridge)
  • Solihull Hospital Hospital – Chemotherapy chair
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Meningitis Now
  • Dementia UK
  • Chadwick End – Village Hall
  • Royal British Legion – Knowle

£10,961

Partner Charities

  • Headway (Birmingham & Solihull)                                       £10,805
  • Breast Cancer Haven                                                           £11,468

£22,273

Total                                                                                            £37,752

 

The donations to partner charities include funds raised at the 13th Heart of England Bike Ride on 9th July 2018

The other payments were made from funds raised in the year ended 30th June 2017.

A further £22,273 has been retained for future locally determined donations

 

If you wish to nominate a local worthy cause please get in touch

Posted in Charities, News, Where the money goes

Lions Celebrate Challenging Year

Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club celebrated a challenging year in September when the club held its annual presentation evening at the Greswolde Hotel in Knowle.

Welcoming supporters and sponsors Deputy President Lion Richard Buckley announced that the club had raised over £69,000 for charity over the past 12 months, primarily through its Knowle Fun Run, Festive Walk and Heart of England Bike Ride. He thanked all the sponsors saying ‘It’s great for our club of only 20 Lions to celebrate such success again, but without the help from companies like yourselves our events would never realise so much for charity.’ He emphasised how his Club needed more active Lions if it is going to sustain this tremendous fundraising and community support programme in future years.

“The Lions year started last December with its 25th Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton House where heavy rain the night before on top of already water logged fields meant that we had to curtail the walks we were offering. The weather certainly did not affect some walker’s enthusiasm with nearly 800 generously donating over £3,800 for Breast Cancer Haven & Headway our two partner charities, as well as local causes too.”

Richard then illustrated some of the Lions projects the club has embraced including Lions International Foundation, Hikkaduwa Flood Appeal in Sri Lanka, Lions Sight Savers Trust, Message in a Bottle, Great Spec Collect where over 1,000 pairs had been donated in just over a month for recycling in Ghana, Nigeria & Nepal. Chris Kiddle Morris, Chair of the clubs Community Services Committee, explained the aims of the club’s Youth Travel Bursary and introduced a presentation prepared by last year’s winner Kristian Bennett of his time with the Flavela brass band Project in Rio Janeiro.

Chris Kiddle-Morris explained that the Club retained 50% of raised funds to be spent on locally determined causes. During the year his committee had spent over £18,000 on a variety of local and not so local projects as well as those for youth and elderly. These included donations to the local Fast Aid Group, 4th Knowle Sea Scouts, Dorridge Primary school, the refurbishment of Chadwick End Village Hall kitchen, MyAware, Meningitis Now, refurbishment of Knowle Knot Garden and memorial benches in both Knowle and Dorridge. A full list of organisations supported this year and how to nominate a local cause can be found here

Richard then presented cheques totalling £22,297 the 2 partner charities Breast Cancer Haven & Headway (Birmingham & Solihull), who in turn thanked the Lions for their fantastic fundraising


Richard Buckley presents cheques to Headway (Solihull & Birmingham) & Breast Cancer Haven – Solihull

Richard then welcomed Jan Prior and Maria Brown from SoLO – Solihull Life Opportunities and Adrian Davenport from The UK Sepsis Trust who briefly thanked the Lions for choosing as the partner charities for the next Festive Walk on Thursday 27th December and Knowle Fun Run in May

 

 

 

Posted in News, Where the money goes

2018-19 Partner Charities

This year we have selected 2 worthy charities to partner our Festive Walk and Fun Run fundraising, whilst we retain half of all proceeds for Lions locally determined causes:

Solihull Life Opportunities – SoLO

“Embracing Disability, Empowering Lives” SoLO Life Opportunities is a local charity adding value to the lives of over 1000 children and adults with learning disabilities, their parents and carers.  SoLO provides high quality leisure and social opportunities, community based Day Time Activities, a Personal Assistants Service and Supported Living.

Provision ranges from specialist services for those with more profound disabilities and challenging behaviour to more general services for those with moderate to severe learning disabilities.  SoLO enables all to experience social activities, reducing isolation, building skills, making friends and improving lives.

For more details visit www.solihullsolo.org

The UK Sepsis Trust

Every 3.5 seconds, someone in the world dies of sepsis. In the UK alone, 44,000 people lose their lives to sepsis every year. This is more than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined. Globally, sepsis claims 6 million lives a year. Yet with early diagnosis it is easily treatable.

The UK Sepsis Trust exists to fight this life-threatening condition, stop preventable deaths and support those affected by sepsis. Find out more.

For more details visit https://sepsistrust.org/

Lions Causes

At the same time we shall retain 50% of the net proceeds for Lions locally determined causes.

If you know of a local cause you believe worthy of our fundraising no matter what size or location please get in touch

Posted in Charities, News

Previous years Partner Charities

2017-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016-17

2015-16

SBCS

CLDF logo, lozenge & strapline - colour

LilyMaeFoundation_Logo

 

 

 

2014-15

Arthritis Research UKSolihull Young Carers.logoKFC logo

2013-14 

vision careTheBrainTumourCharity_rgb_HIGHRES(print)northeigh logo

 

Posted in Charities, News

Break a Leg

Don’t call us – we will call you were the damming words ringing in the ears of a group of Lions and friends as they left the BBC Studios at the Mail Box in Birmingham this Autumn.

We all got behind the mic with Lion Adrian Harris in the presenter’s chair

Our tour which took us into local radio, television as well as the famous Archers recording studios finished with an audition opportunity. Lions and friends (as they always do) gave everything into their performances which although the audience were moved to tears (or was it laughter) failed to impress the BBC. Our disappointment faded quickly after a good lunch at the canal side Malt House.

 

Posted in Membership, News

New Chemo chair for Solihull Hospital

The fund raising efforts of ourselves and the six other Solihull Lions Clubs (Balsall Common, Birmingham Exhibition, Castle Bromwich, Marston Green, Shirley and Solihull Lions Clubs) enabled a donation of £5,000 to buy  a Chemotherapy Chair and supporting equipment for Solihull Hospital.

“Lions are part of their community and 100% of the funds they raise from the public is distributed. This hospital is an intrinsic cornerstone of the well-being of Solihull’s citizens and being able to alleviate in a little way the hard times some of our ill fellow citizens go through is a great cause we can fully support,” said Zone Chairman Jaap de Jong

Our efforts, along with others, is acknowledged with a plaque which sits outside the new unit.

Posted in News, Where the money goes

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