We have a winner!

by | 14 May 2023 | Lions, Sherwood

Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions Club raffled 17 Easter hampers this year. This is vital to their annual fundraising and all monies collected are used wisely supporting the local community. A big thank you to all supporters and the public who bought a ticket; every penny is appreciated.

The Lions’ April meeting was all about supporting a wonderful young man called Shaun Gibson who organises events, in this case a race night, to help raise money for Teenage Cancer. The Lions have very proudly supported Shuan over the last few years with these events, and are very happy to do so. It is a brilliant evening and all in a wonderful cause. At the time of writing, it is estimated he raised over £2,800 – well done Shaun.

Edwinstowe Lions are always looking to support worthy causes, especially around our local area. They are a relatively small band but believe they make a big difference to people’s lives, especially those in need of a lift.

If you fancy joining them they would be delighted for you to go along to a meeting and find out more – contact Jon Yarwood on 07581 265531 or jon.c.yarwood@gmail.com.

Specs appeal in final push to hit the 10,000 mark

Specsavers in the Idlewells Shopping Centre, Sutton in Ashfield teamed up with Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions Club, to help support those with vision needs in the developing world along with more local sight related and eye care projects.

Over the past year the partnership has resulted in members of the public donating more than 9,000 pairs of specs to the cause, which are then sent to the Lions Club to be sorted, recycled and delivered to where they are most needed.

Donated specs are taken to a workshop in Chichester where they are sorted by a team of Lions and other volunteers from Chichester Lions Club. Once sorted, specs are then graded by Medico France in Le Havre before they are shipped to eye clinics in the developing world, examples include Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria, and Nepal.

“Rest assured nothing is wasted,” added Jon Yarwood, Secretary of Edwinstowe and The Dukeries Lions Club. “Materials from specs that are unsuitable for recycling are used to raise funds for the project and funds are also used to support other sight related research and charitable projects around the world.”

Anyone who has a pair of old or unwanted specs can drop them off in store at Unit 37, Idlewells Shopping Centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield where there will be a designated collection bin.