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.
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
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).
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.
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”
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
Just one of the 6 rainbow painted tables we bought for Dorridge Primary school recently
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.
We are delighted to have provided a set of 23 new reflective all-weather jackets for Solihull’s dedicated Community First Responders – Fastaid
“With funds raised at the 2016 Knowle Fun Run Knowle and Dorridge Lions joined with Solihull Lions to provide FastAid with the latest BS Standard all-weather high visibility jackets to enable their volunteers to carry out their life saving work more safely with the best possible equipment,” says Chris Kiddle Morris, Chair of Knowle and Dorridge Lions Community Services Committee. “It is particularly pleasing when the Lions family can come together to support another organisation equally dedicated to supporting the local community”
K&D Community Services Chair Chris Kiddle Morris meets up with the Fast Aid Team at this May’s Knowle Fun Run
“Fastaid were on hand again providing Medical Cover for the 34th Knowle Fun Run on 21 May,” said Mark Atherton. “Runners and spectators on the school field had access to their first aid tent and in addition there were two response vehicles stationed around the course to provide aid should it be required. There were six responders available plus a further two who were on call with the ambulance service to provide a further level of response. Fastaid Community First Responders are extremely pleased to be associated with both Knowle & Dorridge and Solihull Lions clubs and as such were very grateful for their donation to purchase new reflective jackets for 23 members of Fastaid.
Back in 2014 we heard that Chadwick End FC had been broken into and their kit had been stolen. Whilst not in the core of our area we recognised their plight, looked into our limited resources and found £1000 to fund a new set of kit for the team.
This week we heard from Nick Hemming, their manager, sending a big thank you from everyone at the club. “We just wanted to say thank you for your support after we were invaded by travellers 3 years ago we were struggling to keep going but with your very generous donation we are slowing getting back on our feet. Our new kit now carries the Knowle and Dorridge Lions logo which we are proud to have on our shirts.
“And the good news is WE WON THE CUP. On Thursday 30th March 2017 we played AFC Warwick who are top of our division 3 and are sure to get promotion so it was never going to be an easy game for us. After trading goals the score was 3-3 at full time and we won 5-4 on the penalty shoot out.”
Their first trophy since 2014 so a great boost for everyone at Chadwick End FC.