Entertainment by Ponteland Repetory members.
Members of Ponteland Lions once again hosted their annual “Meet the Lions” event in the Ponteland Memorial Hall on Saturday 16th March. The sun shone brightly as 120 senior residents from the local area, a few accompanied by carers, gathered for an afternoon’s entertainment. Sherry or juice was served on arrival, then an hour of music and singing was ably performed by the Ponteland Repertory Society. Guests were later served a delicious home-made afternoon tea, which was followed by a bingo session and a raffle.
The event forms a major part of Ponteland Lions’commitment to serving the local community and is always well attended and enjoyed by the audience.
Lions wish to thank the two St. John’s Ambulance volunteers who were on hand to offer assistance and also local businesses who generously donated raffle prizes.
Ponteland Lions Club has thanked the members of the public who helped it raise more than £1,000 during the month of December.
The first flag day collections at Tesco in Kingston Park brought in £253.04. This was given to the Children North East charity.
Six days later, Lion members collected on Broadway, Darras Hall and within Waitrose, Ponteland, raising £568.11. Their final effort at the Ponteland branch of Dobbies Garden world brought in £235.85.
The latter two flag days were for Ponteland Lions’ Charity account. Everything collected is donated to good causes without any deductions.
PONTELAND LIONS’ PRESENTATION TO MACMILLAN NURSES SUPPORT GROUP
Ponteland Lions’ President John Morris recently presented a cheque for £1000 to The MacMillan Nurses’ Support Group.
Based within the Newcastle area, the group raises funds for MacMillan Nurses, to help provide vital care and support for cancer patients.
John paid tribute to the the residents of Ponteland, expressing his thanks for their generosity over the past year. Their support has enabled Ponteland Lions to raise funds not only for the MacMillan Nurses, but also the RNLI, Leonard Cheshire Disability and a number of other local charities and worthy causes, including sponsorship of students embarking on community work abroad as part of their gap year.
Two of the many local charities Ponteland Lions wish to help this coming year are The Bubble Foundation, which funds the work of the Children’s Bone Marrow Unit at the RVI and The Charlie Bear for Cancer Care unit based at the Freeman Hospital.
> John presents the cheque on behalf of Ponteland Lions.
PONTELAND LIONS SUPPORT RNLI VOLUNTEERS
Members of Ponteland Lions recently visited their local RNLI Lifeboat Station at Cullercoats to present a cheque for £2000 to purchase new, state of the art life jackets for the entire crew.
The new design features improved bouyancy and greater flexibility, with a variety of storage features for vital accessories such as flares,lights,linking strops and a knife.
Volunteer crew members are delighted to have individually issued life jackets, adjusted to their own dimensions which will fit immediately when donned, saving precious moments during the rush to launch the lifeboat.
The donation from Ponteland Lions was funded by the sponsorship raised at their Annual Swimarathon held last November, an event generously supported by many local schools, organisations and small businesses.