Lions share out more than £14k

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STOWMARKET and District Lions Club have presented cheques worth a whopping £14,350 to local groups and charities – and aim to donate more than £40,00 a year.

The volunteer group, which has a growing membership of 51, presented cheques at a ceremony at Stowmarket’s Cedars Hotel.

More than 100 people attended the event, where charities including St Nicholas Hospice Care, St Elizabeth Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and St John Ambulance were handed sizable donations.

Lions Club president Tony Wass said: “During the year we actually give away, to various groups and charities, in excess of £40,000. The money donated at the cheque evening were funds we have raised since Christmas.

“The club’s mission statement, or motto if you like, is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through the Lions Club.

“The presentation evening is a celebration of the year’s hard work.”

Other recipients were East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Boys Brigade, Autism Spectrum Disorder Saturday Club, Stowmarket Opportunity Group, Citizens Advice Bureau, Motor Neurone Disease, The Bobath Centre for Cerebal Palsy, Suffolk Accident Rescue, Stowmarket Jubilee 2012 Committee and Eastgate Boxing Club.

Tony said he was pleased the club could support groups in the area.

He said: “The club is made up of volunteers – we all give up our time to raise funds and give away money.

“We are a club that are very strong and have an enormous base of support in Stowmarket.

“It’s great we can do our bit to support groups and charities in the area.”

The Lions have recently set up a club in Bury St Edmunds to raise money for charities and community groups based in the area. The organisation raises money through a variety of community events including golf days, sportsman’s dinners, caberet evenings, sponsored village bike rides and a temporary charity shop selling items donated from around the area.

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