Lions remember Stan with £1,000 donation to British Heart Foundation

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:23 06 December 2017

Members of Lion Stan's family collect a cheque to the British Heart Foundation.

Members of Lion Stan's family collect a cheque to the British Heart Foundation.

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Reginald Stanley Dare, affectionately known as ‘Lion Stan’ by his peers, died aged 82 in October this year.

Lion Stan, who died earlier this year.Lion Stan, who died earlier this year.

A Honiton lion has been remembered for his 34 years of ‘dedicated service’ to the charity.

Reginald Stanley Dare, affectionately known as ‘Lion Stan’ by his peers, died aged 82 in October this year.

Stan held the position of chairman of the Lion club’s welfare committee for many years and was involved in the club’s fundraising drive.

He was a prominent face at the summer fetes held in Cotleigh, his home village.

Brian Richards, former president of Honiton Lions Club, said: “It was my privilege to have known Lion Stan for more than 40 years and I was delighted to ask Stan if he would be interested in joining Lions some 34years ago.

“Stan agreed and was welcomed into the family of Lions in December 1983. He never looked back his main interest was other peoples welfare and fundraising.

“I would like to quote my friend Stan, the dedicated Lion and family man whom we will all miss greatly.

“His quiet presence is already missed at our twice monthly meetings.”

Stan also often donned a Santa costume around the festive season and would hand out prizes and sweets out his own pocket - a closely-guarded secret.

The club opted to donate £1,000 to the British Heart Foundation, one of Stan’s favourite charities.

His wife Sheila, son Andy and daughter Carolyn collected the cheque from the club at the Deer Park Hotel last week.

Andy, who is South West area manager for the British Heart Foundation, said: “Dad spent his whole life helping others and supported several charities both local and national.

“I know he thoroughly enjoyed his time there and was involved in many events over his 34 years’ service helping so many people in that time.”

He also thanks the Lions for their donation, adding: “On behalf of my family and the British Heart Foundation I would like to say a massive thank you to the Honiton Lions for their generous donation of £1,000 in Dad’s memory.

“Every penny really does count in the fight for every heartbeat. The BHF funds over half of all the UK’s independent research into heart and circulatory disease.”

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