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

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

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

Posted in News, Where the money goes

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).

Posted in News, Where the money goes

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.

 

Posted in News, Where the money goes

Lions try their benches for size

This week Knowle and Dorridge Lions made the most of the good weather to inspect the 2 new benches which they have donated and had installed on Knowle High Street in recent weeks.

At the same time we took advantage of the visit of our Zone Chairman Lion Jaap de Jong to perform the handover of the chain of office from 5 times President Brian Burgess to new President Bob Thurtle

“It seemed to me there are plenty of bars, restaurants and coffee shops providing seating around Knowle but nowhere you can meet up, sit, and have a chat or watch the world go by – for free” says new President Bob. “We have provided these two in Knowle depicting 40 years of our Lions club 1976-2016 and 100 years of Lions Clubs International 1917-2017, (with two more to follow outside Dorridge Rail Station coming soon), with funding coming from our recent Knowle Fun Runs. We hope they will be used extensively as meeting points”

Posted in Membership, News, Other grants

2 defibs for NT

Some time ago now we agreed to fund 2 defibrulators, one for each of our local National Trust Houses

We are delighted they are both now in place and hope they are never needed:

This one is in the car park at Packwood House

Lion Dave Carter inspects the one in the car park at Baddesley Clinton House

Posted in News, Where the money goes

Rainbow tables for Primary school

Just one of the 6 rainbow painted tables we bought for Dorridge Primary school recently

Posted in News, Where the money goes

Fun Run monies go from one good cause to another

We supported the Lily Mae Foundation with funds raised at the Lions Festive Walk and Knowle Fun Run in 2016. They decided to invest part of the funds raised to provide memory boxes to eight local hospitals including Heartlands and Good Hope.

Here Community Services Chair Lion Chris Kiddle-Morris attended a photoshoot at Heartlands Hospital.

Posted in News, Other grants

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