As Morpeth Lions Club’s year comes to a close, the Community Services committee met to discuss various requests for assistance it regularly receives. As a result, almost £2000 will be distributed to eleven causes. These include on a local basis a Scout Group, Benmar House, Mighty Oaks, Braille Chess Association and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Further afield it was decided to support the national Disability Sports Games, the Manchester Arena Attack Appeal and Lions own National Disaster Fund. This latter fund provided substantial assistance during Morpeth’s 2008 floods.
Committee chairman David Armstrong said ‘Morpeth Lions is always happy to help individuals and organisations in need. We are ever mindful of the responsibility placed on us by the generous public that supports us by making donations or attending fundraising events. With members covering all administration costs we are able to ensure that every penny that passes through our Charity Fund account is properly distributed.’
On June 7th the International Lions organisation celebrated 100 years of service to communities throughout the world. There are now over 1.45 million members. In celebration of this milestone, on the local scene Morpeth Lions funded a Bug Hotel and wild garden at Stobhill and it also intends to support Medicalert to provide a medical ID bracelet or necklace for a child from birth to the age of 10.
Morpeth Lions Club was founded in 1972 and currently has 30 members.
Photo:- Morpeth Lions Club President Chris Offord with David Armstrong on his right and other members of the Community Services committee.