REFURBISHING benches, helping out with youth projects and providing holidays to needy families are just some of the projects undertaken by East Elloe Lions over the last year.
Following a cold winter, benches previously installed by the Lions have been cleaned, repaired and painted and the group has offered to refurbish two benches looking a little worse for wear outside Long Sutton Church Hall.
A £200 donation was used by a Holbeach playgroup to buy special mats and Holbeach Scout Group, who were sprucing up the play equipment in Carter’s Park, were given a donation towards the paint needed.
Long Sutton Guides’ fundraising efforts for a trip to France were given a boost and the new library at Sutton Bridge received a whole host of children’s books to help fill the shelves.
Lion David Enser said: “As well as giving these groups a hand, we’ve continued to receive requests for help from families who need assistance.
“Often, these families have not had a real break for some time and we’ve reserved two week-long slots at a beach chalet in Skegness to give them a well earned lift this summer.
“To achieve our role in the community, we have to continually find ways of raising funds and this year is no exception.
“As always, the Christmas sleigh always kicks our fundraising off for the new year.
“We hold regular table top sales and this year we are embarking on a new initiative – a quiz website (www.quizbank.org.uk)”
Finally, the Lions are planning to race 2,000 plastic ducks on a large drain in Sutton St James in the autumn.
David said: “This will give primary schools a chance to raise funds and we will be awarding prizes for the winning ducks.”
It takes effort to become a fully fledged Lion but it’s fun and the end result is rewarding.
David added: “It’s not all graft and as a club, we organise plenty of social events too.
“We’ve held treasure hunts, quizzes, barbecues, themed suppers and boat trips – in fact whatever our members decide to arrange. This gives us a good social life and that’s as important as fundraising itself.
“We would welcome individuals or couples who are new to the area, as well as others who don’t know what we get up to.”
To find more contact David on 01406 362832.