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HONITIN: Busy year for Honiton Lions

Thursday, 12 December 2013

With 2013 drawing to a close and 2014 on the horizon, Honiton and District Lions Club, together with the Lions Ladies, have had one of their busiest years yet, not only in raising funds locally, but distributing funds and assisting many local people and charities.
The club has to really thank the people, businesses and the chamber of commerce in Honiton and Ottery St Mary, for supporting, or working with the club in 2013, finding solutions to requests that have been made to the Honiton and District Lions Club
Club presidents Steve Guilbert, for 2012/13, and Ed Pescud, for 2013/14, guided the club through this period saying “it’s been fun”, but, the club has had to work harder than ever raising funds, with some of the club business meeting have had a very full agenda this year.
The club has been involved in everything this year, from assisting local schools with Easter eggs to raffle, yellow safety tabards for walking, and even an ipad, to supplying local college students, Guides and Scouts with equipment for use in the UK or on international trips.
January had hardly finished before more than £2,000 was handed over to Devon Freewheelers, Hospiscare and Force, quickly followed by assisting with a house move, to supplying video equipment and white goods, to residents whose only real option were the Lions.
The one request that stands out this year was to find funding for a local resident with cerebral palsy who required an “autolift” from wheelchair to car - working with the family and Allhallows Charity the Lions finally did it. The pleasure that gave to everyone in seeing this project through was fantastic.
Ron Webb the Welfare Chairman stated: “It is so rewarding when you receive real genuine requests”, many of which come in via email from a friend or neighbour, and then the Lions meet the people involved.
None of this could be done without “getting out on the streets” in all weathers (which have not been too kind to us) even this year when raising funds. Events like our wheelbarrow raffles, BBQs at Tar barrels in Ottery St Mary or at the classic car rally in Honiton, and of course the duck race every year, which is always an excellent day out for everyone and the club is always very well supported on the day.
This year saw Devon Air Ambulance receive £250 via Homebase, whose duck won the “Business Red Duck Race” to and SeeAbility receiving £500 benefiting from the event.
At the same time the Lions Ladies are also out there with their plant stalls in town, or at open gardens or even serving up hamburgers, but their Pamper Evening fund raiser is always a fun event and very well attended.
So as December continues and Santa starts to appear, the club closes the year assisting Honiton Community College Academy with their Senior Citizens Christmas party.
Thinking it’s time to “reset” and start all over again in 2014 – but at least we make time for some good social events of our own.

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