On 25 March 2017 Henley Lions took over the pool at Henley Leisure Centre for our annual Swimarathon. Despite struggling to raise teams prior to the event we had 126 swimmers there on the day from schools, Sea and Marine Cadets, Brownies and Mencap. The event raised £4,735, half of which will be retained by the swimming groups to support their individual causes and half will come to Henley Lions Charity Account. The event was a a huge success with all the participants thoroughly enjoying themselves. Mayor Julian Brookes presented a special award to the Mencap team for their continued support over so many years. Thanks to Michaela Clarke of the Henley Herald for kindly supplying the photos.
Henley Lions hosted An Evening with John Anderson MBE at Shiplake Village Hall on 10 March 2017. John is the performance director of the Team GB Olympic and Paralympic canoeing squads. He gave an absolutely brilliant talk about his time with the team from 1997 to the present date. He started with a squad which was hardly in the world rankings and which had never won an olympic medal. Working with coaches, trainers, medical professionals and the athletes the squad improved year on year to the point where they were the world number one after the Rio Olympics of 2016. After the talk and a delicious lasagne supper John took questions from the floor. His talk was very much appreciated by everyone who was there on the night.
The Henley Lions presented cheques to the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children and Footsteps at their meeting this week. Accepting the cheques were Paul Barrett of the Chiltern Centre and Tina Jacobs, a Footsteps trustee. Both cheques were for the amount of £1,500 which represents the entire amount, £3,000, raised by the Lions at Santa’s Grotto at Toad Hall this past Christmas.
Footsteps Foundation is based in Dorchester-on Thames and helps disabled children to maximise their physical abilities, providing funding for children to benefit from intensive physiotherapy.
Paul thanked all the members and said, “There’s an enormous amount of work and time that those around the table have spent raising the much needed funds”. Tina was very appreciative as well and explained, “The amount donated would pay for 3 weeks of physiotherapy for one child with cerebral palsy or pay for physio for a number of children for shorter periods.”
Handing over the cheques were Lion President Wendy Franklin and Lion John Moore
Following the successful launch of this project in November 2016 we are delighted to report a fantastic response and we would like to thank all those generous people who have donated some or all of their government winter fuel allowance.
Your donations have already helped a number of families and individuals in the Henley area.
Working with NOMAD and Citizens Advice Henley, we have been able to ensure the heating stays on in sometimes quite desperate situations where families have tried hard but still hit on hard times. We know there will be many more families needing help.
Henley Lions can only help in these situations with your support. The smiles and sense of relief on the faces of those we have helped is an enormous thank you to you.
If you would like to join the many people who have already donated please visit our web site www.henleylions.org.uk click on the DONATE button and you will be re-directed to the Henley Lions Virgin Money Giving account where under “Support Us’ you can ‘Make a Donation’ and follow the instructions. Please Gift Aid if you can.
Alternatively email our Treasurer at email@example.com who will send you details of how to donate.
Thank you again for your support and we assure you every penny of the money donated is solely for helping those in need who cannot pay their fuel bill.
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.