Mr Solihull Mayor (known to us as Lion Stuart Davis) seen receiving, at the recent Mayor’s Ball, our cheque payable to Breast Cancer Haven.
Stuart chose Breast Cancer Haven, as his nominated charity, after learning of the excellent work they do in our community when they were one of our two Partner Charities in 2017/18.
We donated £320 which equated to £10 for every year of Stuart’s 32 years’ service as a Lion.
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.
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”
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.
Every year Knowle and Dorridge Lions, like many of the 47,000 Lions Clubs throughout the world, make a donation to the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) from the funds we raise. The Foundation is then able to muster immediate responses to natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
Recently hurricane Matthew affected several areas, including the Caribbean and the United States. It was the deadliest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since 2005. Many main roads are impassible and many bridges have been washed away. Food and drinking water are in short supply and many of those who need aid the most are still waiting for it to arrive.
When disaster strikes, Lions are among the first to offer help to the victims, even though they are often victims themselves. LCIF is right there beside them, ready to support their efforts with funding assistance through Lions disaster relief programs. Working together, LCIF, local Lions and Lions leaders assess the urgent needs and quickly deliver the aid most required by victims.
LCIF awarded an initial Emergency grant to Haiti to address immediate needs of disaster victims. Lions and Leos from Port-au-Prince traveled to Petit-Goâve to work with clubs there. Together, they have packed and distributed over 2,000 relief kits of medicine and food to residents in need.
LCIF has also awarded an Emergency grant to the Lions in North Carolina, USA. Lions there are braving the conditions to bring much needed food, water, blankets and medical supplies to those affected most by the storm.
In recent years Knowle & Dorridge Lions have made regular donations to the Solihull group who host a group of teenagers from Chernobyl each year. This year our donation will fund their trips to the West Midland Safari Park and the seaside at Barry Island. As Belarus is land-locked most have never seen the sea.
The group of 6 girls and 6 boys together with interpreter are set to be hosted by local families for 2 weeks with a further 2 weeks at Springfield House, Knowle. “It is now 30 years since the tragic accident at Chernobyl in 1986, but it’s legacy lives on with large parts of Belarus contaminated,” says group co-ordinator Kath Ruane. “The children who live in these areas have to eat food containing radio-nuclides, and this is damaging their immune systems. A few weeks of fresh air and clean food can give a great boost to their health. We hope they will enjoy a variety of trips including visits to London, Warwick Castle, Kingsbury Water Park, Severn Valley Railway, Cadbury World, Barry Island, sailing at Shustoke Reservoir, etc ”
The group will also have free dental and optical check ups, visit hairdressers, enjoy a meal at the Forest Hotel & a BBQ.
Local lad Ary Rahman suffers from an abnormal twisting and sideways curvature of the spine condition, known as scoliosis, spending much of his time in a wheelchair receiving treatments from spinal surgeons and wearing a spinal support suit, which he regularly outgrows and has to be replaced.
Last year we donated £500 towards the costs of specialist treatment unavailable in the UK. This Spring Ary was in need of a second 6 week visit to the Adeli Medical Centre in Slovakia again, and we were delighted to be able to help again.
Ary’s mother reported “Ary’s trip went really well. He’s sitting a lot straighter and has visibly gained a lot of strength in his core muscles. He’s even managed some independent steps which is amazing but he’s using his upper body to gain momentum so it isn’t great for his scoliosis. I think his next target is to try and use his legs more when trying to take independent steps”
Here is an excellent example of how Clubs can work together to achieve a wonderful result.
When Balsall Common Lions were contacted by local resident Paul Bates, seeking help to modify his garden for his son Harrison they had no idea it would result in Knowle & Dorridge Lions and Round Table clubs and Balsall Common Festival Committee also digging deep to ensure a superb job could be completed at once.
Harrison whose condition remains undiagnosed is now nearly 9 years old has several problems including severe neuro-gastric issues (resulting in him being reliant on tube feeding), hypertonia, (balance gait and tiredness) & dyspraxia (co-ordination and special awareness).
The garden was mostly a boggy uneven lawn which Harrison found difficult to walk on and impossible to use his wheelchair on when he needed to. The aim was to provide a smooth, flat, artificial all weather surface and paving to give Harrison “access to all areas”.
Balsall Common Lions were more than happy to take on the project but the anticipated costs looked prohibitive. Fortunately at about the same time Harrison had a day out with Knowle & Dorridge Round Table who also committed to the project and a partnership was formed.
Paul Thornton Builders were selected to carry out the work and in just a week Paul and his assistant, with a little help from Harrison, transformed the boggy mess into an all-weather play area.
With further funding from Knowle & Dorridge Lions and Balsall Common Festival Committee the whole of the work was carried out in one go, meaning the Harrison’s trampoline is now all-weather as well. Harrison says “It’s my mini MUGA, just like at school”. Mum Helen explains “that means Multi Use Games Area. I can’t keep him indoors he’s out kicking a ball or on his trampoline, which is wonderful for his strength and balance. His world has changed!”
“We don’t get many requests for this sort of help very often”, said Bob Thurtle President of Knowle & Dorridge Lions. “When we do we like to help out other clubs striving to pull sufficient funds together.”
In the 12 months to the end of June 2015 we have made charitable donations totalling £70260
Nominated charities – £50186
British Heart Foundation
The Brain Tumour Charity
Local donations – £9127
1st Knowle Scout Group
Arden Academy Trust
Birmingham Children’s Hospital
Chadwick End Football Club
Chernobyl Children’s Project
Education for Life
Little Princess Trust
River House school
The Hub @ Henley
This Way Up
Youth Grants – £4400
Arden Schitsdrift Project
Youth Travel Bursary
Elderly Support – £2293
2 Coach trip to Llandudno
Paterson Court Social Club
National charities – £2000
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Lions causes – £2254
Comprehensive Eye Services
Lions Clubs International Foundation
Nepal Earthquake Appeal
North Sea Lions project
Sifa Fireside Homeless Centre Birmingham
UK & Ireland Lions Youth Centre
Water Project – Kenya
Water Projects – Nepal If you know of a charity, organisation or individual who you feel is worthy of our consideration for a donation please get in touch now