The Disabled Youth Exchange between Leeds and Germany is now in it’s 46th year and was started by one of Leeds Lions, since when other Lions Clubs have become involved by providing various ‘days out’.
The disabled young people are brought over from the Bad Sooden-Allendorf area of Germany by the Lions club there who have kindly invited disabled youths from Leeds back there next year.
This exchange gives disabled youths the chance of a holiday which most of them have never had before and also gives them the opportunity to make friends. (Some, when established, last a lifetime). I myself am still corresponding with Siegfried, who is badly disabled and who had never once been away from his little flat until their last visit two years ago when he came to Leeds).
Amongst the trips they enjoyed were visits to York Rail-way Museum, Bolton Abbey and a ride on the railway, Brimham Rocks, Hunslet Club (The building of which was originally financed by Leeds Lions) where they each had a ‘go’ at boxing, The Royal Armouries, a trip to Knaresborough where they were given the opportunity to row a boat. A visit to Lions John and Caroline’s home where they enjoyed a traditional fish & chip supper followed by designer ice-cream where each person had the choice of various ice-cream, fruit, meringue, jelly, toppings, sprinkles, chocolate and cream.
They also went to Horticap where they enjoyed a B-B-Q and finally they met the Mayor of Leeds who showed them round the Civic Hall. (And where Corvin got to wear the Lord Mayors robes!)
This was all thanks t o Leeds Lions, Leeds Skyrack Lions, Knaresborough Lions, Harrogate Lions and Otley Lions who all provided days out for them to remember and gave them memories to last a lifetime. Thank you to all the clubs involved who gave everyone a truly happy experience.
Lion Caroline Fields
PR Officer Leeds Lions Club