Watch out for changes for next July’s rides in the New Year
Following the success of our used glasses collection initiative in Knowle & Dorridge collecting over 2,000 pairs over the last 2 Spring periods, with support from our local opticians, we have decided it should run on and all through 2018.
Celebrating 100 years since Lions Clubs International was formed in Chicago in 1917, our annual Lions Tea Party, held on Saturday 14th October at the British Legion Club in Knowle, attracted over a hundred of our older residents including a lady who is 102 years old. Our guests were treated to a lovely afternoon tea and excellent entertainment by “Sisters of Songs” Julia & Rebecca supported by daughters Hannah & Luchea.
Dates for your 2018 diary:
Moreton in Marsh & Bourton on the Water Coach Trip – Tuesday 11 September
Tea Party at the Royal British Legion Knowle – Saturday 13 October
The proceeds from last July’s Heart of England Bike Ride were just one of the cheques handed to our nominated charities on 28 September.
We hope you will join us at Packwood House next Sun 15 July and get your ride sponsored for local causes where there will be the usual choice of 12, 18, 30 or 60 mile signposted routes to follow
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
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.
“Joining the Lions when the Knowle & Dorridge Club was formed in 1976 changed my life,” says current President Brian Burgess. “My wife Jean & I were involved in scouting and my involvement in the local community lead to my joining Lions and becoming President, as well as District Governor in 1989. This led to meeting many Lions not just in the UK but all over the world travelling to National and International Conventions.
Each year Past District Governors meet for a Golf Tournament, which Brian (centre) won (again!) this year
Brian says “In taking on the role of President of Knowle & Dorridge Lions for the 5th time my aim is to help the club regenerate by attracting new younger members to help present Lions support the local community and organise the Knowle Fun Run, Festive Walk & Summer Bike Ride which raised £75,000 last year.”
This year sees 100 years since Lions Clubs International was born, 40 years since Knowle & Dorridge Lions really got started and it is our 25th annual Lions Festive Walk on
we hope you will join us at Baddesley Clinton National Trust House B93 0DQ (5 miles from junction 5 M42) (Map)
Start any time after 8:30, finish by 16:00
You do not have to enter in advance. Please save time on the day print and complete a Registration Form for your group and bring it with you.
Entry as always is FREE but we would appreciate a donation for our 2 deserving new charities
The West Midlands Breast Cancer Haven
Headway Birmingham & Solihull
with half of all the funds generated retained for locally determined causes
Responding to feedback we have introduced a shorter Mini Walk for our younger visitors and a more challenging Long Walk:-
Every £ donated will go to charity, as all costs have been more than covered by our generous sponsors.
Why not get your efforts sponsored for our nominated 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 poster here.
If you have any queries or would like to help the Lions organising our fundraising events please get in touch today
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. 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!