COMMUNITY SUPPORT



The motto of Lions International is: “WE SERVE.” And that’s exactly what Hereford Lions Club has been doing since it was founded in 1960. These are just some of the projects undertaken by Lions Club in the community. Contact Lion Simon Swancott, the team leader: swancott43@gmail.com. Or the club member.

COMBATING LONELINESS

Loneliness is one of the biggest plagues of the modern era and one that Lions Club is determined to help tackle here in our own community. The club has set up a special fund to give grants to groups or individuals creating activities which will help relieve the despair of the lonely and get them back into the friendship of the community. Contact Lion Simon Swancott.

RECYCLING FOR THE DISABLED

One of the club’s latest projects helps the disabled with mobility problems. Families with unwanted wheelchairs or mobility scooters to donate them to Lions to be refurbished and passed to someone in need but without the funds to buy one. To donate or to apply for help contact Lion Terry Williams: terry@melconltd.co.uk. 01432 276948.

COMMUNITY TRANSPORT

Lions run a community transport service for the elderly and the handicapped with club members and volunteers driving the mini-bus. The service is free but users are expected to make a contribution to running costs and fuel. Bookings to: Lion Celia Field. 01432 487163

SAVE YOUR SPECS

Just had a new pair of Specs? Don’t throw the old pair in the bin; Drop them in the Lions collection box at Spec Savers in Maylord shopping centre to be used as a gift of sight in Third World countries. Thousands have been donated in recent years.
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VITAL INFO

Lions ‘Message in a Bottle’ is a scheme which helps medical or emergency services called to a home gain immediate and vital information about the patient. Personal details are filled in on a special form, placed in a plastic pack and kept in an accessible place, such as the fridge. There is a sticker to alert emergency services. It could be a life saver. Requests to Lions Simon Swancott.

LIONS BURSARY

Each year Lions Club gives a £500 bursary to a young person (under 25) to help them achieve a personal goal. Applications, personal details and what the bursary would be used for to: Lion Simon Swancott.

HOLIDAYS FOR THE DISABLED

Lions now own a seaside holiday caravan specially designed and built to cater for families with a disabled member relying on a wheelchair or mobility scooter. It caters for six and is based at Black Rock Sands holiday park close of Portmadoc, North Wales It can be hired for a week at a low rental charge. Families have to make their own travel arrangements. Applications to: Mrs Kath Brace, 3 Court Close, Lugwardine, HR1 4AD 01432 850336. Email: kathsmsmail@yahoo.co.uk

YOUTH SUPPORT

Lions believe in supporting youth to ensure they have the opportunities to help them achieve their vision of the future when today’s youngsters will be leaders. Youth organisations or individuals can apply for grants giving full details via Lion Simon Swancott.

DIABETES

Tackling the worldwide scourge of Diabetes is a challenge taken up by Lions International, the largest community service organisation in the world. It is a project Hereford Lions Club has actively supported locally for many years and continues to do so.
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A BLOOMING CITY

Without the volunteers of Hereford in Bloom, the city centre flower beds and planters would be full of weeds and litter, abandoned by Herefordshire Council. The Bloom volunteers took over and visitors to Hereford are now welcomed by outstanding displays of flowers and shrubs – winners of the Gold medal in the annual Britain in Bloom competition. Lions are delighted to sponsor annually several floral planters in the city centre to help save its Civic Pride.

GOT A PROJECT BUT SHORT OF FUNDS? HEREFORD LIONS CLUB MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP.