Celebrations for 2018-19

We celebrated a challenging year last month when we held our annual presentation evening at the Greswolde Hotel in Knowle.

Welcoming supporters and sponsors former President Lion Bob Thurtle announced that the Club had raised nearly £50,000 for charity over the past 12 months, primarily through its Knowle Fun Run, Festive Walk and Heart of England Bike Ride. He thanked all sponsors & volunteers saying ‘It’s great for our Club of only 20 Lions to celebrate such success again, but without the help from sponsors 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 26th Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House where ideal weather but muddy walking conditions welcomed record numbers of over 2,000 walkers who donated over £11,000 for SoLO Life Opportunities and the UK Sepsis Trust our two Partner Charities, as well as local causes too.”

Paul Wheatley, Chair of the Club’s Community Services Committee, explained the aims of the Club’s Youth Travel Bursary and introduced presentations prepared by winners from the past 2 years: Nicola Falkland who undertook Community Projects in Tanzania, Hannah Bull Environmental work and Conservation in British Columbia, Canada and Jack Bailey teaching in Guyana. For more information visit

Lion Paul Wheatley with (l-r) Hannah Bull, Jack Bailey & Nicola Frankland

During the year Paul’s committee had spent over £26,000 on a variety of local and not so local projects as well as those for youth and elderly. A full list of organisations supported this year and how to nominate a local cause please visit

Bob then presented a cheque for £11,880 to SoLO Life Opportunities, and later at our Club meeting Richard presented Ron Daniels CEO of UK Sepsis Trust with their cheque for a similar amount, who in turn thanked the Lions for their fantastic fundraising efforts

Bob presents cheque to SoLO

Richard presents cheque to Sepsis

New President Richard then welcomed Justine Davy from Solihull Hospital Charities and Elaine Griffin from CLIC Sargent who briefly thanked the Lions for choosing as the Partner Charities for the next Festive Walk on Friday 27 December and Knowle Fun Run on 17 May 2020

Richard introduces fundraisers from CLIC Sargent and Solihull Hospital Charity

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Partner charities 2019-2020

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 Hospital Charity is one of four hospitals within the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. 

The hospital charity exists to support the patients and staff within the hospital by providing items that are over and above those that the NHS can provide.  Be it support for cutting edge medical equipment, research, refurbishment of existing buildings to provide a more comfortable space for patients during their stay or activities for patients with dementia.  With your help and with the help of the Knowle and Dorridge Lions we can raise funds that directly benefit locals in the area. 

All the money raised from the events held by the Knowle and Dorridge Lions will be donated to Solihull Hospital Charity will be spent on services that enhance the stay of both our younger patients by way of the transformation of the Children’s Outpatients area and also towards providing an Older Persons Activities Coordinator. 

We would like to thank you in advance for your support of these events and in turn supporting Solihull Hospital Charity.

For more details visit their website

 

CLIC Sargent – Young Lives vs Cancer are the UK’s leading charity for children and young people (under the age of 25) with cancer. We provide emotional, practical and financial support to children, young people and their families to try and limit the damage that cancer causes, outside of to their health. CLIC Sargent currently supports 413 children, young people and their families from across the West Midlands at our bases at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Across the Midlands, our incredible team of social workers, play specialists and nurse educators are on hand to do everything from talking to schools, employers and mortgage providers to make sure families are in the best position possible, to providing counselling and financial support and advice. On average the cost of living for a family goes up by £600 per month when a child is diagnosed with cancer, one way CLIC Sargent supports is by providing diagnosis, essentials and hardship grants to try and provide some stability when families are struggling. Last year the CLIC Sargent support team based in Birmingham enabled 440 grants for families in the West Midlands, totalling £88,140 to help ease the financial burden on families dealing with childhood cancer in our community.

For more details visit their website

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

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

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Where the money went 2018/19

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

Partner charities:

  • The UK Sepsis Trust                                       £11,951
  • SoLO – Solihull Life Opportunities                  £11,901

Activities

  • Pensioner Outing
  • Older Folks Tea Party
  • Presentation Evening
  • Christmas distribution
  • Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

                                                                                    £3,048   

 Lions International causes:

  • Indonesia appeal
  • Mozambique appeal
  • Various other District projects
  • Youth Award

                                                                                     £1,830

Community Services

  • Youth Travel Bursary & young people
  • Arden Academy (Prince William Award)
  • Arden Academy (Schitsdrift Grant)
  • Berrow Homes – Kitchen
  • Knowle Society (Knot Garden)
  • ReCOM Ltd
  • Knowle Royal British Legion
  • Fast Aid
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Sparkbrook Foodbank
  • Marie Curie Men’s Shed (Zone project)
  • Niemann-Pick
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Garden project
  • Partner Charities
  • Meningitis NOW                                                                

                                                                                 £21,429

  Total                                                                        £51,990

The donations to partner charities include funds raised at the 14th Heart of England Bike Ride on 8th July 2019

The other payments were made from funds raised in the year ended 30th June 2018.

A further £23,427 has been set aside for future locally determined donations

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

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Where the money went 2017/18

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 – 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

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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

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Previous years Partner Charities

2017-18

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016-17

2015-16

SBCS

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2014-15

Arthritis Research UKSolihull Young Carers.logoKFC logo

2013-14 

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Lions celebrate magnificent 40th

PRESS RELEASE

Knowle and Dorridge Lions Club celebrated their 40th successful year in September when the club held its annual presentation evening at the Greswolde Hotel in Knowle.

Welcoming supporters and sponsors Past President 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 Bike Ride. He thanked all the sponsors saying ‘It’s great for our club of only 20 volunteer Lions to celebrate such success again, but without the help from companies like yourselves our events would never realise so much for charity.’ He also emphasised how his Club needed new members if it is going to sustain this tremendous fundraising and community support in future years.

Chris KiddleMorris, the chair of the clubs community services committee, then illustrated some of the projects the club has embraced including 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, supporting the elderly with 3 coaches having recently returned from a day at Ludlow market, an afternoon tea party for 140 next month and youth travel bursaries.

He went on to introduce two winners of the club’s Youth Travel Bursaries. Amy Yeates from Henley in Arden gave a really interesting presentation on her 8 months spent in Malaysia working as a teaching assistant providing conversational English tutoring. Amy Fortnam had spent 14 weeks in the Cape Town area undertaking Social Justice research and proving advice to those living in the townships and prisons. Thanking them for their presentations Chris emphasised the life-changing effect on them

Organiser of last July’s Heart of England Bike Ride, Paul Wheatley, presented British Heart Foundation fundraising manager Donna Stokes with a cheque for £9,391 for their share of the £13,419 raised at the event. Donna said how grateful the BHF are to Knowle and Dorridge Lions for all the hard work they put in organising the event every year, and is looking forward to next July’s Ride from Packwood NT House.’

Chris KiddleMorris explained that the Club retained 30% 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, 1st Knowle Scouts, Northleigh House, MyAware, Chernobyl Children’s Project, Meningitis Now, Cake 4 Casualties and refurbishment of Knowle Knot Garden. A full list of organisations supported this year and how to nominate a local cause can be found at www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/charities

Richard then presented cheques totalling £33,563, primarily from the Knowle Fun Run and Festive Walk to the 3 nominated charities for the clubs 40th year: Prostate Cancer UK, Motor Neurone Disease, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, who in turn thanked the Lions for their tremendous achievements and the sponsors for their support.

For next year the club will retain half of funds raised to focus on local causes, and is nominating 2 charities as major beneficiaries the forthcoming Lions Festive Walk on Wednesday 27 December and Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 20 May 2018 – Headway Birmingham & Solihull and Breast Cancer Haven. Their fundraisers took the opportunity to tell everyone about why the monies to be raised will make such a difference to their charities.

Anyone interested in joining the Lions should contact this year’s President Brian Burgess on 08458 335894 or visit www.knowleanddorridgelions.com for more details.

Photo: Past President Richard Buckley with charity fundraisers and their cheques:  Peter Woodward, Prostate Cancer UK; Lucy Watkins Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice; Sue Curry, Motor Neurone Disease; Donna Stokes, British Heart Foundation 

More photos and editorial enquiries to Dave Carter, 01527 894073

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Lions support Cherobyl again

We try not to support any charity every year, but having received another persuasive request this Summer we again donated £400 to the Solihull branch of the Chernobyl Children’s Project who once again hosted a group of 12 teenagers living in the Chernobyl area for 4 week recuperative holiday.

This year they used our donation to ensure the group had a super day out at Barry Island and visit to Drayton Manor Park.

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