Retford Lions sponsor Let’s Sing (In a Bag) for the Retford community

by | 16 April 2021 | Lions, Local Charity, Music, Retford

Following a Zoom presentation from Jessica Brett and Vicky Waring, Retford Lions is delighted to sponsor their new project ‘Let’s Sing In A Bag’. ‘Let’s Sing’ was originally created and founded in 2017 by Jessica Mary Brett and sponsored by Home Instead –Vicky Waring. It is an inter-generational group bringing together people of all ages to interact and learn from each other through music and movement, and also to have fun. Currently over 50 people attend the weekly sessions.
During the pandemic groups were not able to meet so Jessica set up live sessions via Facebook to serve the community. However, live sessions don’t reach people without internet access or social media. Many age groups (including parents with children) are suffering from isolation which, in turn, can have devastating effects on mental health. This means that vulnerable people, including children, become even more isolated. So, the idea of ‘Let’s Sing in A Bag’ was born.
The bag will contain a DVD with separate sections of singing (for adults, children and inter-generational session) along with Jessica karaoke style, fun chair dance routines to keep active from home, a small instrument and a flag. It will bring the experience direct to some 500 people in the local community so they can interact with the video using the items in the bag, providing a personalised tactile experience almost as if Jessica is there in the room.
The weekly sessions are to continue but this is a way to bring music, exercise and fun to those in the community that are not able to attend these sessions. It can be used by individuals at home, care homes, children’s groups, adult groups, and many other organisations. It is hoped that the launch will be mid-April… so watch this space!

Lions donate to Bassetlaw Hospice
Retford Lions Club have supported Bassetlaw Hospice by donating towards the furnishing of the newly built relatives room at the hospice. To mark the occasion Retford Lions Club President John Collins presented a plaque to commemorate their donation to Bonnie Baggaley, the hospice’s Charity Operations Manager.

Thrift Shop plans
Another reason that Retford Lions would like your attention is that, in common with other charitable organisations that serve local communities, Retford Lions is beginning to ‘feel the pinch’ caused by COVID isolation, as there are almost zero fundraising opportunities. With this is mind, they are hoping to provide Retford with a ‘Thrift Shop’ where donated household items can be bought at a considerable saving. They hope it will open at the beginning of summer and are negotiating for short term use of an empty shop in the centre of town, possibly from early June. So please consider setting aside any good quality used items and contact details will be available soon so they can arrange to receive or collect items. All moneys raised will aid the club’s charitable funding.