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

 

 

 

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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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LilyMaeFoundation_Logo

 

 

 

2014-15

Arthritis Research UKSolihull Young Carers.logoKFC logo

2013-14 

vision careTheBrainTumourCharity_rgb_HIGHRES(print)northeigh logo

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Commemorative benches opened

Knowle & Dorridge Lions and Dorridge & District Residents Association formally opened two commemorative benches, sited outside Dorridge Station, which it is hoped will give some rest and comfort to weary travellers as they wait for their bus or lift. Patricia Eveson DDRA Chair & Tony Robson K&D Lions Dorridge Relationship Lion expressed a wish that this will be the start of an on-going partnership as both have the community at the heart of their activities

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Village benches – 2

As promised there are now 2 benches installed outside Dorridge Rail station

As President Bob Thurtle says “The next passengers arriving at Dorridge Station can now sit comfortably awaiting their lift.

“Working closely with DDRA (Dorridge & District Residents Association) we have funded two benches sited outside Dorridge Rail Station.

As similar benches recently installed in Knowle High Street they celebrate 40 years of our Lions Club (1976 -2016) and 100 years of Lions Clubs International (1917-2017).

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Chadwick End Village Hall flooded

A flood at the Chadwick Village Hall in 2017 badly damaged their kitchen. When approached for help K&D Lions recognised that without a functioning kitchen the lettings would fall thereby reducing an important  source of income essential to enable this community facility to thrive. Appreciating this dilemma we offered a partial grant and together with other fund raising undertaken by the Chadwick End Village Hall team the kitchen was fully refurbished in June 2018.

 

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Practice makes……well not quite perfect

This Saturday Lions & friends moved into the countryside at Lea Marston Shooting Club to shoot a few clays.

With sympatric coaching the hits matched the misses.

More practice is required…or bigger clays.

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Lions in Beomingaham (Birmingham)

Lions, partners & friends in a stroll around Digbeth were transported from Saxon 6th Century Beomingaham deep in the Forest of Arden through its steady growth to becoming a major industrial city to tomorrow where it is preparing to welcome HS2 and major redevelopment back to where it all started under the rule of the Beorma tribe 1500 years ago.

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