Like many Lions Clubs we focus on supporting those in need in the local neighbourhood, this could be to a local individual who needs assistance in the purchase of an essential item or to local charitable organisations. Equally we may support a national charity where it is seen to assist people from our community. However we are also concious of the needs of those in the wider world and will support the appeals often through “Lions Clubs International Foundation” (LCIF).
The running costs associated with the operation of the Horley Lions Club are fully paid for by the members, consequently all the profits raised from fundraising events are donated to Charity.
Locally we support the collection of un-wanted spectacles, there is a bin located at the Horley Day Centre. These are sent to the Chichester Lions Club who have teams that sort them into type and value. The lenses are removed and are shipped to third world countries for re-use. The frames are sold for scrap and make a valuable contribution to the fundraising account. This scheme has now been extended to the collection of unwanted hearing aids.
We also supply “Message in a Bottle” and “Message in a Wallet” items. These are freely available from Doctor’s Surgeries or Chemists and are for use by those that are on medication or have life threatening conditions. Details of the medication or ailment are entered onto a form which is either placed in the wallet or into the bottle in the refrigerator. A notice is displayed in a conspicuous place in the home so that should the patient be unconscious when the Medics arrive they are aware of the medical details of the condition. For further details please contact us
As a result of the generosity of the local people at Christmas time we also prepare and distribute 120 food parcels to those in need. These are gratefully received and bring a little cheer to many people who have a very lonely Christmas.
Charities supported this year
It is a tradition in the Club that the President selects the Charities that the Club will support during his year in office. This year Mark Legg has concentrated on local charities such as :-
Children in Calicut, Kerala, India receive eyeglasses at a Sight for Kids vision screening.
Over US$118 million was donated for disaster relief efforts around the world
Lions Club International Foundation
Spectacle Sorting (Lions Club of Chichester)
Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA) is dedicated to raising funds for the Haematology Department at King's College Hospital in London. They are the only charity which solely campaigns for these world renowned laboratories and haematology wards.
Blood disorders and blood cancers affect people of all ages and with our support King's is able to provide patients with the best care and treatments available. We raise funds to cover ward and laboratory developments, along with state-of-the art equipment that is vital in the treatment process.
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St Catherine's Hospice
Scouts and Guides
Children's Ward of East Surrey Hospital
Lucy Rayner Foundation
Lions Club International Foundation is supported by all Clubs across the world andsince it’s founding in 1968 it has strived to sustain Lions’ humanitarian service goals throughout the world, awarding over 12,000 grants totalling more than US$900 million, in the four key areas of sight, youth, disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts.
They give sight. The foundation is providing vision for those in need all over the world by combating eye diseases, creating infrastructures to improve eye care delivery, increasing the number of trained eye care professionals and making vision care more equitable and sustainable.
They provide disaster relief. With Clubs all over the World, Lions are often some of the first to arrive at a disaster and can asses the needs and pass this to The International Disaster Fund who can allocate money within hours. The money being made available to the Lions Clubs in the vicinity enabling local purchases to take place.