Press Release


As 2016 seamlessly moves into 2017, Woolmer Forest Lions bring you an end of year report for your readers.  The club wants to say a big thank you to the people of Bordon, Whitehill, Grayshott, Headley and surrounding areas for your continued support and help throughout the year.

Many people have written to me via the club website, on where the money donated goes, and that is a very sensible question, that deserves a decent response. For obvious reasons we cannot name individuals that we have helped, and I am sure you appreciate this.

In terms of the big fundraising events, the first one in the Lions calendar is the Easter Egg Appeal and this year nearly 30 Businesses, Restaurants, Public Houses helped raise over £1700, that the club supplemented with £300 to provide 2 cheques of £1,000 each to the Donec Care Homes in Grayshott and Whitegates in Liss. We could not have achieved this without your help – so thank you for supporting us.

The Club also assisted with the car parking arrangements at Gilbert White House in  Selborne during June, which raised £433, which was put towards good causes in the local area.

In October we took part in marshalling the car parking at the Blackmoor Estate Apple Tasting Day where we parked over 2,200 cars and Woolmer Forest Lions  Club raised over £2,400 from voluntary donations, in what was our biggest fund raising event of the year.

At the end of November we launched the Christmas Parcels Appeal and this year we managed to provide £700’s worth of food and toys in 70 plus Christmas Parcels that were distributed to needy people in our community. We could not have achieved this without your help – so thank you for supporting us.

This year’s Santa Sleigh Appeal raised a total of £1,475 which saw Santa visit Grayshott Pottery, Rake Garden Centre, Tesco’s, The Forest Centre and Country Market at Kingsley. We thank those Business owners who let us collect there and we thank the members of the public who donated their hard earned cash with such a generous spirit. 

Improving the eyesight of people in Third World Countries has always been a Lions Club worldwide aim, and in the past year Woolmer Forest Lions Club have collected and dispatched over one thousand spectacles as part of our Clubs on-going SpecTrek project.

We spend the majority of the money raised in supporting local people and local organisations and none of the money raised goes on administration - that is covered by the club members. We re-distributed circa £6,700 during the past year and we are proud to support all our communities. Like many clubs increasing our membership, is a massive challenge, and if people think they too would like to get involved,  and play a part in helping their community and having fun, then please do not hesitate to  contact WFL via the website.

Chris Webb - PR Officer

Woolmer Forest Lions

www. woolmerforestlions.org.uk

January 2017