Martyn Sheldrake presented Henley Lions with a cheque for £3,000 on Friday, 3 February 2017. The funds are the proceeds from this year’s Santa’s Grotto. As previously reported, Santa saw 994 children in his Toad Hall Grotto in the run up to Christmas 2016. Henley Lions receive £3.00 for each child Santa sees and while we didn’t quite reach the magic total of 1,000 children, Martyn made up the shortfall to present us with the full amount of £3,000. These funds will be used to support local children’s charities.
As they have done for many years, The Copas Partnership donated 26 turkeys to be distributed thru our club. One of our club members organises this and distributes the turkeys. Ten were given to the Henley Over 60s club where they provided the main part of a Christmas meal for a good number of their members. The other 16 were given to the United Reformed Church which produced a number of Christmas dinners for various groups which meet there.
Henley Lions were, as we have been since 2009, heavily involved in helping Santa at the Toad Hall Garden Centre. Santa was busier this year than he has ever been and saw nearly 1000 children on the four weekends leading up to Christmas. Each child received a toy from Santa which they chose from Santa’s magic toy box. Half of the fee of £6.00 per child to visit Santa is donated to Henley Lions charity fund and is used to support local children’s charities.
Once again this year Henley Lions organised, purchased, packed and delivered 90 Christmas Parcels to needy individuals and families within our local area. Funds for this project are generously donated by local individuals and organisations. The club has been involved in the Christmas parcel project for many years but this was the 14th year that the entire project was undertaken by Henley Lions Club.
During 2016 the Henley Lions made a number of donations, some large and some small, to worthy causes both locally and internationally. These included donations to:
- Royal Berkshire Pain Clinic
- Footsteps Centre in Dorchester, Oxon
- Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award for a local girl
- Kickstarters music scheme for local children
- Sacred Heart Primary School – SkillForce Junior Princes Award Program
- Starlight Children’s Foundation
- Blubell trip on the Rivertime
- Henley Youth Festival
- Haiti Hurricane Disaster Relief Appeal
- Christmas meal for 50 isolated people in Sonning Common
- MENCAP Christmas party
- Special trike for local disabled boy