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.
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 the 12 months to the end of June we have made donations totalling £68277
Nominated charities – £48438
- Arthritis Research UK
- British Heart Foundation
- Knowle Football Club
- Solihull Young Carers
Local donations – £7933
- 1st Knowle Scouts
- Alzheimers Society – Knowle Café
- Arden Academy Prizes
- Arden Academy Trust
- Chernobyl Children’s Project
- Harrison’s Garden
- Hockley Heath Academy
- Knowle Royal British Legion
- Knowle Society Bulbs appeal
- Knowle Village Hall
- Leofric Lions project – Birmingham Crisis Centre
- Mothers’ Union – AFIA holiday scheme
- Parkinson’s UK – Solihull Branch support group
- Solihull Talking Newspaper Association
- St Basils
- The Hub @ Henley
- The Movement Centre
Youth Support – £6415
- Arden Schitsdrift Project
- Youth Travel Bursaries
- Other grants to individuals
Elderly Support – £3172
- Christmas distribution
- Coach trip to Bath
- Tea party
National charities – £750
- Meningitis NOW
- Muscular Dystrophy
Lions Clubs International projects – £1569
- Disability Sports
- Great Spec-Collect recycling
- Kenya water Project
- Foundation Fund
- Message in a bottle
- North Sea Lions project
- Orbis Zambia sight project
- Special Olympics
- Youth Award
If you know of a charity, organisation or individual who you feel is worthy of our consideration for a donation please get in touch
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.
For more details please see the details on hosting
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”