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Welcome to the Leeds Skyrack Lions Club Website

LEEDS SKYRACK LIONS CLUB is a Registered Charity.

Registered Charity Number 1181586.

To find out more about what we do to help the local community and how you can get really involved please use the navigation information above.

We do hope you find out exactly what you need to know but if  you              need anything more please get in touch via  “Contact Us” information.

We will do all we can to help.

We are all volunteers but we will try and respond promptly !

Please do consider getting involved soon, by giving some of your skills and time to help your Lions Club will be able to better support the                       more vulnerable members of our community.

You will be made very welcome.

Big Thank You – Christmas Collection 2018

Members of Leeds Skyrack Lions Club would like to thank everyone who has support this years appeal. 

We have now distributed the food mainly to 4 local organisations that provide us with assurance that the circa 200 + food parcels will reach the people most in need of a little bit extra. The parcel may even allow someone to use our donated food and then use the saved money for a little extra treat of their choice, small present for a child etc.  that otherwise they or their family may not have been able to have. 

The 4 groups are Home-Start Leeds, a third sector service that offers a volunteer home visiting based family support service, restoratively working with (guide) parents and supporting them as they overcome difficulties, increase their resilience and ability to cope, and build better lives for their children and family.  Older people are supported via  groups in Hawkswood (Kirkstall) and Moortown  plus the homeless are helped via St George’s Crypt which provides  24/7 emergency accommodation for men and women who are homeless or rough sleeping.  It is Church based but supports anyone.  St George’s Crypt,  provides 9855 nights of accommodation each year for those who find themselves vulnerable Homeless or Rough Sleeping, plus 3 meals a day, showers, clothing and somewhere safe and warm to stay plus support and a pathway to a more traditional lifestyle.  

Your support is greatly appreciated.

2018 Christmas Appeal

This will be our 58th year of supplying Christmas food parcels to the less fortunate in our local community. We have again distributed over 200 parcels to those in Leeds who are vulnerable or needy and who are often elderly and lonely.

The parcels make a real difference at a time of year that can be very bleak for many. The parcels include basic items such as tea, soup and canned meat as well as small treats like biscuits and a Christmas pudding.

Our members are called on homes in North Leeds during November / December 2018.  The Collection is operated under the House to House Collections Act 1939 and is approved by the Police.  Please donate a little cash so we can buy the food for the parcels as every penny counts.

If you were out when we called you can still send a cheque donation payable to ‘Leeds Skyrack Lions Club’ direct to our Treasurer: Gill Wagner 17 Northholme Crescent LS16 5HU or use online banking, our account details are NatWest Bank 60-12-39   86814648.   You may also give appropriate cans of food to be included in the parcels.

To continue to deliver such help to the local community we welcome new members.

Thank you for your continued support.  Club members join me in wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas.

Yours sincerely,

Bob Carter




The Leeds Skyrack Lions Club has recently served the local community by providing                             an automated external defibrillator. 

They are used in cases of life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, which lead to cardiac arrest.  Children as well as adults may fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

This 24/7 public access AED is located outside the:

Nat West Bank,  63 Otley Road, Leeds, LS6 3WA at the junction with North Lane.

It is highly visible in a bright yellow protective case and the access code can be secured by ringing 999.

AEDs can be used by anyone as they provide instructions to the user while automatically analysing the patient’s condition.











Pictured left to right: Lion Jim West ( Founder member ), Pat Marshall, daughter of the late Lion Dr. Stuart Thorburn, Oliver Edwards, grandson of the late Lion Granville Barker, Lion President David Whitehead, Mrs Maureen Barker, widow of the late Lion Granville Barker, William Thorburn, son of the late Lion Dr. Stuart Thorburn, Richard Field of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Lion Gill Wagner, Lion Chris Foster.

Leeds Skyrack Lions are all volunteers who have raised the money to fund this community project and will provide the ongoing recommended maintenance.

This AED has also been  supported by the Enterprise Holdings Foundation and is dedicated to the memory of Lions Granville Barker and Dr. Stuart Thorburn who together served the local community as Lions volunteers for over 90 years. Nat West Bank also kindly agreed to host the AED.

The portable version of the defibrillator was invented in the mid-1960s by Frank Pantridge in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a pioneer in emergency medical treatment.

What it looks like.

Royal Baby Forecast – Win £50 if you get nearest to Date/Weight/Name

If you wish to produce the Date,Weight,Name of the new royal you could win £50.00

£1 tickets are available from Lion Chris Foster, just call 01423 508744.

All entries need to be received by 31 March 2018.

Your donation will be welcome and maybe you could get £50.00, someone will.

Good luck and thanks all.



Winners of Yorkshire Signed Cricket Bat & Other Prizes

The results of the fantastic raffle drawn on 1 December 2015 for the signed cricket bat signed by all the Championship Winning Cricket Team for 2015. Plus £50 and £25 M&S vouchers were:

1st Prize , cricket bat : Ron & Joan Jackson
2nd Prize M&S Voucher £50 : Jemma Leach
3rd Prize M&S voucher £25 : P. Hyde
Thanks to everyone who invested in a ticket, sorry only 3 winners but your contribution will help others in need, so everyone wins really.

Germany Visit for Vulnerable Young Adults

Leeds Skyrack and Leeds Lions Club, supported by many other Clubs across the region raised funding to make this dream experience happen.  The young adults, many with disabilities, were supported throughout their visit by Lions Clubs in Germany and as part of  building international links we will welcome a group of young adults from Germany in 2016. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this happen, if you are able to assist in 2016 get in touch, every element of support will help.