AN INVITATION FROM US
The club is part of a worldwide community service organisation and has served it’s own community here in Hereford for over 60 years.
It offers friendship and fellowship to members – men and women from all walks of life – who would enjoy an active social life with likeminded folk whilst making a worthwhile contribution to the well -being of the community. New members are always welcome and we invite you to consider becoming a member of Hereford Lions Club and share with us the pleasure and satisfaction of being a Lion.
The club meets twice a month at the Welsh Club, enjoys social evenings and working alongside fellow volunteers on community fund-raising activities, ranging from pub quizzes to car boots can be a lot of fun.
If the idea of being a Lion appeals to you have a chat with: Lion Sian Bayliss or Lion Allan Field
01432 359640 01432 487163
LIONS TACKLE LONELINESS
Hereford Lions Club has set up a special fund to help tackle loneliness in our communities. Grants will be available to organisations or voluntary groups wanting to set up clubs or activities to benefit those suffering from the effects of loneliness, a growing trend in modern society.
Their health and well being can be seriously impaired, a situation recently recognised by Government. Its not only the elderly effected; a recent survey showed young people are also at ridsk.
Simon Swancott, leader of the Lions community support team which is already involved with the elderly and the handicapped, said: ”We believe there is much more direct action that can be taken by voluntary groups in communities to help relieve the impact of loneliness and the Lions Club offer of financial support will help to get them started.”
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GREAT RESPONSE TO LIONS LONELINES CAMPAIGN
Communities across the county are responding positively to the campaign to help relieve loneliness and several responded quickly to the offer by Lions Club to give grants to projects set up to beat the impact of despair on the lonely. Lions Club urges more to apply for grants of up to £250
The first application was from Bodenham Compassionate Community, newly set up by retired doctors, Richard and Karilyn Collins. Trained volunteers, working closely with the local GP Surgery visit people in their homes to help them overcome loneliness and reconnect with the community. This could be the start of a countywide scheme. Carol Condie spotted a mention on TV about ‘Contact the Elderly’ a project to invite lonely old folk to afternoon tea parties and quickly set up her own city team of volunteer drivers and party hosts and has 11 on the ‘guest list’.
Burghill Good Neighbour Scheme was set up two years ago and volunteers visit those who need a helping hand ranging from collecting prescriptions, form filling, running errands to changing a light bulb. Perhaps most important on the list is ‘befriending’ and the social events to combat loneliness and social isolation. Garway has a Tuesday Club for the elderly and has extended this by offering lifts to local events and the Lions grant will help fund extra activities.
Herefordshire is a caring and generous community and Lions Club looks forward to receiving more grant applications for its ‘Beat Loneliness’ campaign.
CASH FOR HOSPITAL PROJECTS
Hereford Lions Club has donated £15,000 to help fund two key projects at the County Hospital.
£5,000 was contributed to the £75,000 Born Sleeping appeal to create a delivery suite, family bedroom and counselling room in the maternity unit for parents whose baby does not survive. It’s a first for the hospital and aims to give grieving families private space to cope with their loss and receive counselling. The fund target was reached and work has started.
A £10,000 donation has been pledged to the Prostate Cancer unit at the hospital to purchase a much needed £30,000 replacement sample testing machine; a gift in memory of those fellow Lions Club members lost over the years to prostate cancer. The new machine will speed up the delivery of sample tests. Before the County Hospital established its own Prostate unit a few years ago, patients faced long and tiring journeys to Cheltenham or Birmingham.
Photos: Maxine Chong, head of midwifery with President Lion Jim Hamilton and Lion Simon Swancott checking the Born Sleeping appeal target.
Andrea Harvey, senior medical scientist shows Lion Jim the sample testing machine which urgently needs replacing.
LIONS BUY HOLIDAY CARAVAN
Hereford Lions Club has bought a seaside caravan in Portmadoc, North Wales, especially designed and built to provide holidays for county handicapped and their families. The caravan is on a holiday park at Black Rock Sands which has excellent facilities. It sleeps six. The rental charge is low, being subsidised by Lions Club. Guests have to make their own travel arrangements. Applications should be sent to Mrs Kath Brace, 3 Court Close, Lugwardine, Hereford HR1 4AD. 01432 850336. E mail: email@example.com
Photo: The holiday caravan.
LIONS SUPPORT RESTORATION OF CITY ROSE GARDEN.
Hereford’s long neglected historic rose gardens next to the ruins of Blackfriars Monastery in Widemarsh Street built in 1276 is being restored by a newly formed Friends group of volunteers who are planting hundreds of new rose trees in 29 beds. And Hereford Lions Club did its bit, donating £800 and planting one of the large beds.
Photo: The Mayor, Cllr Sue Boulter joins the Lions to check their rose planting work.
HATTRICK OF GIFTS FOR RIDING FOR DISABLED.
Herefordshire Riding for the Disabled based at Holme Lacy was well supported by Lions Club in a 12 month period. First a new horse was bought for £5,000 followed by a tractor costing £4,000 to lift the horses bales of feed and finally a new hoist costing £2,800 to lift handicapped riders into the saddle.
Photo: Lion Ian Foster hands the tractor over to Rachel King of RDA