WE ARE PLANNING A PROSTATE CANCER TESTING AFTERNOON
WE HELPED WITH THE COVID VACCINE ROLL-OUT:
Since we started back in January 2021 Stafford Lions have volunteered for over 5,460 hours at vaccination centres in Stafford. Currently we are volunteering at the Limes Vaccination Centre on Newport Road, Stafford where, in addition to the Covid vaccine they have also offered the flu vaccine. In December 2023 the vaccine centre finally closed down.0
EVIRONMENTAL BOOKS FOR LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS:
34 local primary schools in the Stafford and surrounding areas have received a set of 7 children’s books which deal with environmental issues.
The 7 ‘Wild Tribe Heroes’ books are written by environmentalist Ellie Jackson, a member of a Cornish Lions Club. The children’s books follow a range of different animals as they overcome problems in their environment. Through the help of people, the animals are rescued, rehabilitated and released back to their home. The books are beautifully illustrated and aimed at primary and preschool aged children covering topics such as the impact of plastic in our oceans, climate change/global warming, deforestation and habitat loss.
Gleaning is the harvesting of left over crops. This time we were at Lower Drayton Farm where we were collecting potatoes which we took to a foodbank in Stafford.
BASWICH FOOD COLLECTION:
Stafford Lions were out in force in January for the annual food collection in Baswich. Thanks to the generosity of residents 9 car loads of food was collected and delivered to the Foodbank at Rising Brook Baptist Church. A superb team effort.
Assemble + risk assessment ****** Food left for us to collect ****** Collecting
Filled 9 cars with donated food ****** Food sorted by volunteers at the Foodback
St. MARY’S CRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL:
Not only did Stafford Lions Club have a tree in the St. Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival but members of our Club heled with the marshalling during the event. We also act as stewards on the last Tuesday of each month so that the public can visit the church between 10:00 and 14:00.
Christmas 2022 has seen us seriously fundraising at local shopping centres BUT WE HAD FUN.
Our club has a small selection of mobility aids that we freely loan out.
We loaned a wheelchair to Jo who had told us that due to illness her mom had not left the house for over a month, Imagine how pleased we were a few days later when we received the message below:
Thank you so very much for wheelchair loan. It’s meant I could take her out this weekend to watch my daughter play football, something she loves to do but been unable to do. Your kindness means a lot. Best wishes Jo.
CHRISTMAS FOOD PARCELS FOR CARE LEAVERS:
We supplied Social Services with 21 Christmas Food Parcels to distribute to care-leavers. Young adults usually leave the care system when they are 18 years of age and must learn to fend for themselves. We thought that they might like a seasonal gift from Stafford Lions Club. The picture below shows just 7 of the Christmas Food Parcels.
For the second year running we have been gleaning pumpkins. Gleaning is the harvesting of left over crops. We manage to collect 30 large builder’s bags full of pumpkins at Lower Drayton Farm. The pumpkins were sent off to ‘Fairshare’ (Marcus Rashford’s charity) to provide food for impoverished families.
Our Charity Musical Evening in October 2022 at Stafford Rangers Social Club was a great success.
We raised over £1,000 which will go into our Welfare Account so that we can continue to support mainly local causes.