The has set aside £500 to help Weyfield Primary Academy in Stoughton create four new cub packs as part of the school curriculum. The new initiative by the school was thought to be a great youth project for he Club to support and the funds will probably be used for equipment.
After hearing about a local child with cancer, the Club has donated £100 to the family to enable them to go to a Kids Cancer Charity respite holiday caravan in west Wales.
The Guildford Lions Club had a busy afternoon when they recently set up a clinic to test men for possible prostate problems. The event, run in partnership with the Prostate Project based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, attracted nearly 200 men for a simple blood test. The samples will be checked at the hospital and the results sent in confidence to their GP.
Our thanks to the Waterside Centre for hosting the event and to the six phlebotomists who gave up their own time to take the blood tests. The Club President, Erica Quaile, presented each of them with a Certificate of Appreciation for their help.
The Club has agreed to donate £2,500 to Challengers, the play centre for disabled children in Stoke Park. The funding is part of that donated by the public at the Firework Fiesta back in November and has been kept in reserve until all outstanding expenses form the Fiesta had cleared.
The money is to be used to create bursaries to assist families to have to travel
long distances to get to the site.
At Challengers, disabled children and young people can play, relax, make friends, and truly feel like they belong. At the same time, families with disabled children can use these short breaks to pursue ‘ordinary’ activities such as shopping or spending time with their other children. Families have told us that the Challengers lifeline of support keeps them strong.
About a dozen Lions were out early today to help out with the Surrey Half Marathon. We ran a water point in Sutton Green for the 4,000+ runners and did some road marshalling. It all seems to have gone off fine and the expected rain was fairly light.
As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, serving the community of Guildford, wewere delighted to be contacted by WeySight looking for assistance to upgrade their information technology equipment - and we were able to donate £1,000 to help them out.
WeySight is a friendly group dedicated to helping adults with a visual impairment develop new communication skills so that they can increase their independence. The group is actively seeking new visually impaired members to come along to the classes in Guildford or Godalming and learn Braille, Moon, Touch Typing and IT skills, and to meet other visually impaired people in a friendly and supportive environment. For further information: www.weysight.org.uk.
WeySight is also looking for volunteer drivers who could assist visually impaired people get to the classes once a week, expenses paid and training provided.
Photograph: (L_R) Lion Ron Brookings, Angelo Ancora and Kate Philpot from WeySight, Lion Karl Schmitt
The local Cadence Drum and Bugle Corp has about 100 members drawn from local youth age groups and Guildford Lions have agreed to donate £250 to help them purchase some custom built light weight drums for their younger members.
Send Prison is establishing a restaurant/café with a view to providing training in the catering industry to prisoners due for release. The facility, appropriately named “Serving Thyme”, has various needs and Guildford Lions Club, along with other Lions Clubs in Woking and Farnham, is donating £500 to help the scheme develop.