With the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the people of Retford have yet again shown incredible generosity. In partnership with Maria Ditch, Retford Lions is helping to collect donations to help the displaced thousands in countries adjacent to Ukraine who are now refugees. Collection tins have been placed in many of the town’s shops and businesses. A candlelit vigil was held in the Market square on Sunday 6th March, where Lions carried out a bucket collection. In total, the collections on the evening raised £1,000 for the relief fund.
The Lions has continued its association with Retford Athletic club by marshalling at the recent Half Marathon and funding the medals for the event.
The Club continued its tree planting initiative with a day where five local schools got involved. This is an ongoing pledge which all involved hope to continue.
Easter baskets will be placed in various local locations. Members of the public are invited to choose a square from a sheet with a chance to win the basket and its contents. Funds raised will go towards the Marie Curie appeal in Morrisons. Lions also hope you are enjoying seeing all the daffodils flowering around Retford thanks to ongoing Lions planting.
Lions next big event is the annual cycle ride on Sunday 17th April. Starting in the square, the ride takes riders around the local roads with checkpoints along the way, ending back in the market square.
With the rebirth of Charter Day, Lions are busy selling Red Ducks to local businesses. The Red Duck race takes place before the main yellow race and gives the winner £1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.
Socially, there was a demonstration of sausage making on 19th March followed by a barbecue at the cricket club.