Lions club enjoys a stellar year and nets record £10k for causes

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 September 2015

Members of Honiton and District Lions Club are celebrating another cracking fundraising year. Photo by Bob Francis.

Members of Honiton and District Lions Club are celebrating another cracking fundraising year. Photo by Bob Francis.

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The group has been a strong presence on community days, putting on a popular classic car rally at the annual Charter Day celebrations, and hosting the ever-popular duck race in Weston.

It has been a spectacular year for Honiton Lions Club which has, for the first time in its history, raised more than £10,000 in donations in a single year (2014/2015).

The group has been a strong presence on community days, putting on a popular classic car rally at the annual Charter Day celebrations, and hosting the ever-popular duck race in Weston.

Lion Bob Francis says that the enthusiasm of the group, coupled with the generosity of the community, has been crucial towards netting the impressive total.

“We do a good job distributing funds,” he said. “And the community seems to be very happy to donate to events we arrange.

“We usually make around £8,500 each year, so the figure did catch everyone by surprise. It has really set the bar for future years and it has given the group much more enthusiasm to try and do more.”

Honiton Lions donates its funds through requests from local groups and organisations, and donated a £2,000 defibrillator to the Devon Freewheelers earlier this year.

Tom Boucher, the group’s welfare committee chairman, said: “You would think it’s easy to spend money. True, it is when it’s yours, but when it comes to distributing the funds raised by the Honiton and District Lions Club, you also have to think that it came from the community, and now it has to be placed back into the community.

“At the end of the day the reaction and thanks makes it all worthwhile, but none of this would happen if it was not for the generosity of people in Honiton and Ottery St Mary.”


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