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
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
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