Community Service 2017
With the people of East Grinstead’s help we have funded a wide range of projects and below is just a small sample of some of them we have supported in the past year. Some events are held every year and have become part of the East Grinstead calendar. Providing this level of service support is only achieved thanks to the generosity of those in the East Grinstead area by supporting our fund raising activities. We thank you most sincerely.
- Provided £3500 funding towards the £6-7k cost of a local boy's powered wheelchair.
- Made a donation to Rocking Horse Charity towards Baby Care Unit
- Made a donation towards Scouts Camping Equipment for Summer Camp and refurbishment of the Scout Hut
- Made a donation to Glen View Amenity Fund for residents board games
- Made a donation to Canine Partners to fund purchase of an assistance puppy for disabled EG Resident
- Made a donation to Tadpoles Swimming Club for swim nights
- We have made a sizeable donation towards a local boy's operation fund to enable him to have an operation to straighten his spine in America
- Helped parents to fit special chair lifts to assist disabled children.
- Provided Defibrillators to the local sports complex, the High Street outside Barclays Bank and outside the Library together with the First Responders of Lingfield, Dormansland and East Grinstead.
- Made donations to students towards their fund raising to enable them to travel abroad to help in developing countries.
- Provided funds for Message in a Bottle a method of ensuring that people helping in an emergency are able to quickly understand the medical condition of the person and what medicines they take.
- Held an annual Senior Citizens' Party for approximately 200 people.
- Provided funds for Medic Alert (a method of providing information about a persons medical condition) to help people in an emergency.
- Provided funds for 18 children from disadvantaged families to visit the local theatre to see the Pantomime.
- Made a donation to Jigsaw to develop books for children who are bereaved or have loved ones with life threatening illnesses
- Holidays - for the the future we are taking a different approach to the provision of holidays for people with special needs who would not normally be able to find or afford a suitable holiday which provides the right level of support. We liaise with specialists in our community to identify the most needy people.
- Provided ongoing support for East Park Riding for the Disabled Group at Little Brook Equestrian in Newchapel
- Provided a spectacle and hearing aid recycling scheme. East Grinstead Lions collect old discarded spectacles from the main opticians in East Grinstead (Alexanders, Aurthur Hayes, Scrivens, Vision Express, Boots, Specsavers, Doctors Surgeries and the Queen Victoria Hospital which are then sent to the Lions main sorting office in Chichester where they are cleaned, sorted and graded and sent to developing countries to help improve sight and hearing.
- Supported the 'A Million Miracles, Sightsavers’ appeal aiming to raise funds for one million sight-restoring operations by 2018.
- Supported LIBRA which is a Lions' Charity that sponsors research into blood diseases e.g. Leukaemia, Sickle Cell disease, at King's College Hospital.
"Dream Team 2016/17"
Following the generosity shown during the past year by the public at many fund raising events and past Mayor Clr. Dick Sweatman’s nomination of East Grinstead Lions as one of his chosen charities, we decided to make a ‘fund’ available for specific projects and invited local clubs, organisations or individuals to bid for funding from this ‘fund’ in connection with voluntary work that they are undertaking for the benefit of people in the East Grinstead area both young and old, in order to “Make a Dream Come True”. It reinforced the Lions motto “WE SERVE”.
Bidding took place towards the end of 2016 for an opportunity to take part in this Lions project and get the benifit of our contribution. We are pleased to advise that we have allocated over £4000 for these schemes. Some of the largest projects were awarded cheques at our monthly meeting in January. They were; 1st Forest Row Scouts £500, Estcots Parents & Friends Association £600 and Myfawny Townsend Melanoma Research Fund £500. Other 'winners' included: £1647 to print books to be given to children who have lost a loved one at a local school, presented Jigsaws Nikki Price in March, £1000 pledge for sensory equipment, £400 for scouts camping equipment, £500 towards a pensioners holiday, £325 towards an outing for patients with mental health issues, a total of £4025 was distributed.
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