Retford Lions Club are still in business and beginning to get to grips with electronic meetings as social distancing needs tend to preclude real meetings. Another effect of the lockdown situation has meant the postponement / cancellation of many events like Charter Day. So, there was no duck racing. Lions contacted those corporate duck fanciers who generously sponsored a Red Duck to tell them about the possible cancellation.
All they managed to contact were happy for the club to retain monies paid and they promised that the race would be held later. Social distancing suggests holding a race on the River Idle and attracting large crowds would not be a very good idea. So it’s likely that they will enter all the ducks into a large hat and have a draw of some kind so a winner will be declared. The club will publicise the date of whatever event they use and try to make it public by broadcasting on digital media. In the meantime, they wish the best of fortune to their corporate Red Duck owners and earnestly want to express their sincere hope that the business of each fares well as lockdown is eased.
During this period of lockdown, the Lions have still tried to deal with requests for help. They certainly managed for one young lady, Emma Clark, who they had previously helped, by supplying a special support suit, as Emma has a condition that makes muscle control difficult. To help her exercise she now needed a particular special trike. Bassetlaw NHS paediatrics were asked if they could help, but, they could not. Cooperation between Retford Rotary and Lions clubs ensured that this special item was sourced purchased and delivered to Emma.