Romiley and Marple Lions Club

2021 still locked down but still counting our blessings!

Pictured above: Lion President Bill Spencer presents his daughter Kate Standring with a certificate of appreciation for her idea of seeking sponsorship for A Zip Line Challenge in North Wales which raised over £600 for our Lions Charity Fund.

Having survived all the trials and tribulations of 2020, Romiley and Marple Lions were counting their blessings and, as they prepare to tackle whatever 2021 may throw at them, they are still counting!

A wonderfully successful Christmas season fundraising with the Dragon Miniature Railway at Dobbies' Garden Centre in Marple has already been celebrated and publicised but was actually just the ending to a strangely successful year for the Club.

Covid 19 brought tragedy and heartbreak into many people's lives but, thanks to a grant received from Lions Clubs International and kind donations made to the Club, the Lions were able to continue their regular support of various worthy causes, whilst also helping to fund the assistance given to local families in need. As the year came to a close, funds were getting dangerously low and Club members feared the worst. It seemed unlikely that the Dragon Miniature Railway's Christmas Grotto would be allowed to open and other means of fundraising would no doubt have been forbidden. However, modifications were made and we now know how successful the Grotto sessions were.

Whilst the arrangements were being made for Christmas, other things were happening. Lion President Bill Spencer was "persuaded" by his daughter, Kate Standring, to accept a "Zip Line" challenge in North Wales to raise funds for the Club. This, coupled with donations received from the Club's wonderful supporters, meant that 2020 ended on a triumphant note and the Lions can rise to the challenge of 2021 with confidence and enthusiasm.

That confidence and enthusiasm was shown recently when members accepted another challenge and took part in a "Zoom" meeting bravely arranged and hosted by Lion Secretary Phil Daniels. Decisions had to be made and all were in agreement that the following local good causes should be supported:

Stockport Mind

The Cherry Tree Project (Romiley)

All Saints Foodbank (Marple)

St. Mark's Foodbank ( Bredbury/Woodley)

St. Ann's Hospice

East Cheshire Hospice

Willow Wood Hospice

Romiley and Marple Lions Club will continue to monitor the situation carefully and provide whatever assistance it can during these trying times.

Romiley and Marple Lions Club

Serving the local community since 1978 - Registered charity Number: 1181500