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