Each year we help a lot of local charities. Every month we receive requests for funding from many charities. Every request for help is carefully considered. It is very pleasing to be able to help a wide range of people who have varying needs.
We like to help local efforts to help the needy in this area with small grants of £100 or £200. In order to receive a grant we need to be told, preferably by e mail, details of what the money is wanted for and who would benefit. We would like to know something about the accounts of the group keeping assistance. We do not normally give money to help people who wish to travel abroad even if the work they are going to do is very worthy and useful. Our foreign donations are significant but we process them through the International Association of Lions Clubs.
We also identify a small number of charities each year for larger grants. Last year, for example, we made donations of £1000 to Hawkspring and £500 to Manor Farm Boys Club.
Recent smaller grants have been included these organisations:-
Brain Tumour Support, Music Works, Southmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Cancer Research;
Lions in UK Support for Homeless Sight Impaired & Limbless Service Personnel; the UK Special Olympics; Lions Clubs from all over UK help for the Italian Earthquake Disaster
You will find a comprehensive list of the people we have helped recently s here.
The Club are keen to support the initiative of Lions Clubs International by promoting the education and consideration of the environment.
A hugely successful project is the Message In A Bottle campaign. For the elderly or the vulnerable living alone it is important that in an emergency in the home the rescue and medical services can quickly establish personal health details. Plastic bottles containing these details are kept in participants’ fridges and a sticker at the front door will immediately enable the details to be found. This is potentially life saving. Lions have already distributed over 5 million bottles in the UK. These bottles are available free so please use our Contact page to request one.
Although we predominately support local charities and good causes we are part of an international organisation so we do donate to the International Association of Lions Clubs.
Our Bradley Stoke Branch Club has also been active in helping others. They gave valuable support to Abigail and Toby, children who suffered from Selective Dorsal Rhysotomy. Needing pioneering surgery in America, financial help was given as well as involving our fellow Lions in the States who gave help there and showed us wonderful hospitality.[/sixcol_two]