Celebrations for 2018-19

We celebrated a challenging year last month when we held our annual presentation evening at the Greswolde Hotel in Knowle.

Welcoming supporters and sponsors former President Lion Bob Thurtle announced that the Club had raised nearly £50,000 for charity over the past 12 months, primarily through its Knowle Fun Run, Festive Walk and Heart of England Bike Ride. He thanked all sponsors & volunteers saying ‘It’s great for our Club of only 20 Lions to celebrate such success again, but without the help from sponsors 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 26th Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House where ideal weather but muddy walking conditions welcomed record numbers of over 2,000 walkers who donated over £11,000 for SoLO Life Opportunities and the UK Sepsis Trust our two Partner Charities, as well as local causes too.”

Paul Wheatley, Chair of the Club’s Community Services Committee, explained the aims of the Club’s Youth Travel Bursary and introduced presentations prepared by winners from the past 2 years: Nicola Falkland who undertook Community Projects in Tanzania, Hannah Bull Environmental work and Conservation in British Columbia, Canada and Jack Bailey teaching in Guyana. For more information visit

Lion Paul Wheatley with (l-r) Hannah Bull, Jack Bailey & Nicola Frankland

During the year Paul’s committee had spent over £26,000 on a variety of local and not so local projects as well as those for youth and elderly. A full list of organisations supported this year and how to nominate a local cause please visit

Bob then presented a cheque for £11,880 to SoLO Life Opportunities, and later at our Club meeting Richard presented Ron Daniels CEO of UK Sepsis Trust with their cheque for a similar amount, who in turn thanked the Lions for their fantastic fundraising efforts

Bob presents cheque to SoLO

Richard presents cheque to Sepsis

New President Richard then welcomed Justine Davy from Solihull Hospital Charities and Elaine Griffin from CLIC Sargent who briefly thanked the Lions for choosing as the Partner Charities for the next Festive Walk on Friday 27 December and Knowle Fun Run on 17 May 2020

Richard introduces fundraisers from CLIC Sargent and Solihull Hospital Charity

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Partner charities 2019-2020

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 Hospital Charity is one of four hospitals within the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. 

The hospital charity exists to support the patients and staff within the hospital by providing items that are over and above those that the NHS can provide.  Be it support for cutting edge medical equipment, research, refurbishment of existing buildings to provide a more comfortable space for patients during their stay or activities for patients with dementia.  With your help and with the help of the Knowle and Dorridge Lions we can raise funds that directly benefit locals in the area. 

All the money raised from the events held by the Knowle and Dorridge Lions will be donated to Solihull Hospital Charity will be spent on services that enhance the stay of both our younger patients by way of the transformation of the Children’s Outpatients area and also towards providing an Older Persons Activities Coordinator. 

We would like to thank you in advance for your support of these events and in turn supporting Solihull Hospital Charity.

For more details visit their website

 

CLIC Sargent – Young Lives vs Cancer are the UK’s leading charity for children and young people (under the age of 25) with cancer. We provide emotional, practical and financial support to children, young people and their families to try and limit the damage that cancer causes, outside of to their health. CLIC Sargent currently supports 413 children, young people and their families from across the West Midlands at our bases at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Across the Midlands, our incredible team of social workers, play specialists and nurse educators are on hand to do everything from talking to schools, employers and mortgage providers to make sure families are in the best position possible, to providing counselling and financial support and advice. On average the cost of living for a family goes up by £600 per month when a child is diagnosed with cancer, one way CLIC Sargent supports is by providing diagnosis, essentials and hardship grants to try and provide some stability when families are struggling. Last year the CLIC Sargent support team based in Birmingham enabled 440 grants for families in the West Midlands, totalling £88,140 to help ease the financial burden on families dealing with childhood cancer in our community.

For more details visit their website

At the same time we shall retain 50% of the net proceeds for Lions locally determined causes. For examples please click

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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Where the money went 2018/19

Here are just some of the disbursements over the last 12 months:

Partner charities:

  • The UK Sepsis Trust                                       £11,951
  • SoLO – Solihull Life Opportunities                  £11,901

Activities

  • Pensioner Outing
  • Older Folks Tea Party
  • Presentation Evening
  • Christmas distribution
  • Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

                                                                                    £3,048   

 Lions International causes:

  • Indonesia appeal
  • Mozambique appeal
  • Various other District projects
  • Youth Award

                                                                                     £1,830

Community Services

  • Youth Travel Bursary & young people
  • Arden Academy (Prince William Award)
  • Arden Academy (Schitsdrift Grant)
  • Berrow Homes – Kitchen
  • Knowle Society (Knot Garden)
  • ReCOM Ltd
  • Knowle Royal British Legion
  • Fast Aid
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Sparkbrook Foodbank
  • Marie Curie Men’s Shed (Zone project)
  • Niemann-Pick
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Garden project
  • Partner Charities
  • Meningitis NOW                                                                

                                                                                 £21,429

  Total                                                                        £51,990

The donations to partner charities include funds raised at the 14th Heart of England Bike Ride on 8th July 2019

The other payments were made from funds raised in the year ended 30th June 2018.

A further £23,427 has been set aside for future locally determined donations

If you wish to nominate a local worthy cause please get in touch

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Marie Curie Men’s Shed Project

We recently joined our local Lions Clubs (Solihull, Shirley, Balsall Common, Birmingham Exhibition, Marston Green & Castle Bromwich) in a cheque presentation at Marie Curie in Solihull. The Lions cheque for £10,000.00 together with a similar sum raised by the Men’s Group will enable the work to start in the coming Spring which will see the base, services and one of the two sheds erected. The Men’s Shed at Marie Curie will underpin their bereavement support programme by fostering social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter. More fundraising in the coming months will hopefully see the second workshop shed erected before the year end.

 

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Where the money went 2017/18

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 – 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

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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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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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