HEREFORD LIONS HELP MARLEY GET ON HIS BIKE
Marley George has cerebral palsy and can’t walk, but the 18 year old is able to ride a specially designed trike and Hereford Lions Club has bought him one as an early Christmas present.
The £3,000 machine will not only help him strengthen his leg muscles and stamina , but give him the opportunity to go for bike rides like other youngsters. Said Marley: “ I could not have wished for a better present. Its cool.”
Club president David Hartland said: “It is our privilege to help Marley achieve one of his ambitions and seeing the happy smile on his face when he took his first trial run made it all the more worthwhile.”
Picture: Marley ‘gets on his bike’ watched by Lion David and his mum, Vanessa
LIONS HELP TACKLE MENTAL HEATH CRISIS
The club has responded to a shocking report that 1 in 10 children and teenagers are risk of suffering from mental health issues by giving MIND, the local mental health charity a £5,000 grant to set up a therapy service in county schools and youth clubs to tackle the crisis.
Club president David Hartland said: “The report made grim reading and we wanted to help the 500 county youngsters believed to be at risk.”
Richard Kelly , Executive Director of MIND said: “This grant from Lions Club could not have come at a better time. There is no public funding for early intervention in the field of mental health. We had already recognised the need for a support service in schools and youth clubs to help young people showing signs of mental health problems but lacked the financial resources to set it up.”
BEST EVER BALL
An Autumn Ball staged by the club, including a charity auction raised £10,000 for St Michael’s Hospice. The ball at Lyde Arundel was attended by 200 guests and was declared to be the best ever organised by Lion Mike Hughes and his team on behalf of the club
The 23rd annual edition of Hereford Lions Festive News, a 48 page full colour newspaper distributed free to 30,000 homes in and around the city was published in November which also saw the start of the club’s Santa Sleigh run and its Santa’s Grotto at Wyevale Garden Centre which attracted 10,000 visitors last year As usual the club ends the year on a high with a sell-out New Years Eve party. Contact Lion Keith Martin (01432 358362) for tickets. Festive News is available here