Lions celebrate magnificent 40th


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

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 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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Charities 2017/18

Each year through our Lions Festive Walk, Easter Egg raffle and Knowle Fun Run we fundraise, this year for 2 nominated charities, whilst retaining half of all funds raised for a host of smaller local and Lions causes to which we donate during the year. Last year’s 3 charities each received over £10,000

To become one of our future nominated charities Charities should apply by the end of November to be considered

We welcome participants raising funds for your charity. Charity fundraisers please feel free to promote our events to your supporters. Please let us know if you do, so we can work together to maximise your take

Charities 2017-18

Breast Cancer Haven opening in Solihull in October 2017 – will provide free emotional, physical and practical support to the 2,500 women diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the West Midlands. Our trained professional nurses, therapists and counsellors will support women and their families through their breast cancer journey by providing vital counselling, acupuncture and massage as well as healthy eating advice, support groups, meditation, reiki and exercise classes. Located in Solihull, Breast Cancer Haven’s services will be available to anyone with breast cancer, no matter when they were diagnosed and no referral is necessary


Headway Birmingham & Solihull is a locally registered charity helping improve life after brain injury. We help both the person with the brain injury as well as their families and carers whose lives are also impacted.

Nearly 2,000 people accessed our specialist services last year. We offer rehabilitation sessions at our brain injury units in Moseley and Rednal and 1:1 community support for daily activities and participation in sport at centres across Birmingham, Solihull and the surrounding areas. We also provide advice and support for those caring for a loved one with a brain injury, helping them cope better for longer.

Those we help may have had a traumatic head injury (RTC, fall etc) or a medical condition (stroke, tumour etc) with the effects ranging in severity from extreme fatigue to paralysis and epilepsy. Our services help people move forward with their lives, and support from the Knowle & Dorridge Lions Club will help us continue this vital work.


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Previous year’s nominated charities




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