LIONS TEDDIES BRING SMILE TO INJURED GYMNLAST
Top county gymnast Eden McGarvie broke her leg falling off a trampoline during a training session ahead of a qualifier to win a place in the West Midlands team for a national gymnastics competition in April.
The 10 year old Hereford schoolgirl needed cheering up after spending the night in the children’s ward at the County Hospital and knowing her chances of competing at a national level was now on hold. Right on cue Hereford Lions Club turned next morning with a delivery of 100 teddies for the children’s ward, bringing a big smile to Eden’s face when club president Ian Foster presented her with the first one.
Said Ian: “Missing out on a possible place in a major national competition was a huge blow for Eden but seeing her big smile and determination to get fit and be back in training showed just how important the gift of soft cuddly toy is to children facing hospital treatment .
Eden with lots of teddies and Lions president Ian Foster .
SUCCESS OF RECYCLING SCHEME
Hereford Lions Club’s latest community project recycling mobility scooters and wheelchairs is proving to be a big success. One satisfied ‘customer’ Brenda Bayliss summed up the free service: “It’s a wonderful scheme, a real godsend for those like me who have difficulty walking and perhaps can’t afford a new one. The scooter Lions gave me has given me more freedom.”
Families donate unwanted disability aids to Lions who refurbish them and pass them on to someone in need of one. Several are currently available Lion Terry Williams said: “The response has been very encouraging. It makes good sense to find a new home for an unwanted aid for the handicapped.”
Terry delivers a sturdy scooter to Brenda Bayliss.
AWARD FOR CLUBS YOUNG AMBASSADOR
Hereford’s candidate in the District Young Ambassador competition, Georgia Ellis 18 who achieved the runner-up spot attended a club meeting to describe the experience. Georgia is a mentor at the Young Carers group and a Brownies Leader. She plans a gap year in America as an Au Pair and the club awarded her £250 towards this.
She is pictured receiving the cheque from president Ian Foster.