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​Local Lions mark 100th anniversary

News   •   Apr 11, 2017 10:27 BST

Swanley and North Downs Lions visited ellenor Gravesend on Wednesday 5 April to present the charity with a special commemorative garden bench to mark Lions Clubs International’s 100th anniversary and the Swanley Club’s 40th. The Club also donated £6,500 to ellenor to help it continue supporting families facing terminal illness. This amount could pay for a typical patient stay on the Inpatient Ward at ellenor Gravesend.

Among the guests at the unveiling were Colin McRobert MBE, President of Swanley and North Downs Lions, and other Club members including ellenor Trustee Lion Bryan Harris. They were welcomed to ellenor Gravesend by Mo Tutty, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chief Executive, Claire Cardy.

Founded in 1977 as Farningham and District Lions, Swanley and North Downs Lions serves the towns and villages along Kent’s North Downs. Its regular fundraising activities include a springtime sponsored walk, a golf day in June, Bike around Brands in August, quiz evenings and Christmas collections.

“I consider being part of the Lions’ 10 year fundraising effort to build the hospice and our Club’s continued support, to be the most worthwhile welfare activity in which we have been involved since our formation 40 years ago,” says Colin McRobert.

In addition to raising money for ellenor, members of Swanley and North Downs Lions also volunteer at the charity’s shop in Swanley on a Saturday – helping to keep it open on this key shopping day in the town.

“We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support we receive from Swanley and North Downs Lions,” says Mo Tutty. “The pressure on our services is growing all the time and we currently care for an average of 750 people and their families at any one time. Donations like this are extremely important in helping us to continue providing support to our patients and their families.”

If your group or club would like to know more about supporting ellenor, call the fundraising team on tel: 01474 320007.