Local charity trio boosted by Lions donations
Three local charities are sharing the benefits of £6,000 donated by Ryedale Lions club.
The money from fund-raising activities of the Lions Club, including the Christmas Santa Sleigh tour, will help Ryedale Special Families, Sight Support Ryedale and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance services. Each group receives £2,000.
“These are three of the many local charities doing great work to serve our community,” said Lions president, Gordon Smith. “The generosity of local people donating money to the Lions means we can help deserving causes like these.”
Ryedale Special Families chief officer, Lisa Keenan, said the donation was “a fantastic, lovely surprise”. The charity helps more than 250 Ryedale families of children with disabilities, illness and additional needs and the donation would help them organise summer trips and outdoor activities for children and young people. “These are a real lifeline for our families during the school holidays,” said Lisa.
Kevin Hutchinson, community fundraiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, thanked the Ryedale Lions Club and support of the local community. “Our life-saving service across the Yorkshire area would not be possible without donations like this,” he said.
Julie Atkinson, service manager at Sight Support Ryedale, said: “We support visually impaired people as they face the day-to-day challenges of sight loss. This much appreciated Lions donation will enable le us to provide summer excursions, including a ‘Wet Wheels’ speedboat trip using a fully accessible powerboat”.
Picture attached shows Ryedale Lions club president, Gordon Smith, handing over cheques for £2000 each to Lisa Keenan (top), Ryedale Special Families, and below, Julie Atkinson, Sight Support Ryedale, and Kevin Hutchinson from Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Since its formation just over 50 years ago, Ryedale Lions Club has raised the equivalent of more than £1 million, in today’s money, to help needy individuals and local good causes.
Lion Ben Hayes Ryedale Lions PR Officer