At our February Business meeting we were presented with a cheque in the amount of £3,330 by Martyn Sheldrake and Lynn Burgess of Toad Hall Garden Centre where we manned Santa’s Grotto in the lead up to Christmas 2018. We, in turn, presented cheques in the amount of £1,500 each to Footsteps and the Chilterns Centre for Disabled Children, both local organisations focused on helping local children and young adults. The additional funds will go into our charity account and will be used to support other local causes supporting children.
On Sunday, 3 Feb 2019, 11 teams of swimmers swam 901 lengths in a valiant effort to raise money for charity. This year’s teams were from Henley Sea Cadets, Henley Marine Cadets, Henley 1st Brownies, 1st Henley Guides, Nettlebed School, Valley Road School and St. Mary’s School. Mayor Glen Lambert opened the event and each of the teams swam for 40 minutes trying to swim as many lengths as possible. The Valley Road Dolphins came top with 104 lengths closely followed by the Sea Cadets & Marine Cadets combined Starboard team which swam 97 lengths. Valley Road Warships were third with 92 lengths. Half of the funds raised will go to the charities of the individual organisations and the other comes to Henley Lions Charity Fund.
For the 16th consecutive year Henley Lions have procured, packed and delivered a number of Christmas Food Parcels to some of the needy families and individuals within our area. This year we packed 86 parcels each containing a mix of staples and a few Christmas ‘extras’. Before taking on the entire task of procurement, packing and delivery we delivered parcels which were organised by the now defunct Henley Community Services Committee. Henley Lions would like to thank the clubs, individuals and organisations who helped make this all possible.