Those were just two of the amazing achievements recognised by Balsall Common Lions Club last week at their second annual celebration evening. President Dave Blakeman told the audience of the fantastic things the club has achieved recently.
Over the last five years the club has raised a total of £105 000 in our community, including £24 321.95 last year, of which 75% was spent locally.
The Lions don’t just raise money, they also donate many hours of their time – organising Bingo evenings in the Village Hall, serving meals for homeless people at the SIFA Fireside project, bulb planting, and of course ensuring Santa visits Balsall Common and surrounding areas.
Past President Andy Pemberton explained that the 41 members of Balsall Common Lions Club are part of the world’s largest service organisation. There are 1.4 million Lions in 209 countries who all work with their local communities and combine with other charities to work on global projects such as eradicating measles and preventable blindess. It is estimated that every Lion touches the lives of another 70 people annually and Balsall Common Lions Club feel they surpass that estimate, thanks to the help and support they receive locally.
Andy thanked everyone who has donated to disaster relief collections outside the Co-op, attended the Bonfire, said hello to Santa or volunteered their time.
President Dave Blakeman awarded a series of Certificates of Appreciation to local groups and organisations who help the Lions achieve as much as they do. They went to:
- Berkswell and District Royal British Legion
- Berkswell and Balsall Common Community Sports Association (and a donation of £1800)
- Hugh Boulton, Rutrailertrained (and a donation of £100 which he gave to the local Rugby Club)
- Carl Hemming
- The Bugle
- Balsall Common Village Hall (and a cheque for £1 145)
- Jamieson Christie
- Angela Jaynes Florist
- Oakes Farm Shop
- Tesco Express Balsall Common
- Heart of England Coop
- Unity Automotive
Donations totalling £8 000 were given out on the night.