Lions and ladies attended Keyham Barton Primary School today to present cheques for £1400

Towards a sensory room for the pupils to use. £1000 from the Lions and £400 from the Ladies


Lion Jeff received a limited edition silver centennial pin (part of the LCI Centennial membership awards program) from his sponsor Lion Colin at January meeting.

Lion Norma was our traveling Lion visiting the Lions of Alfaz Del Pi in Spain . She exchanged our club bannerette with Lion Peter and on her return presented 1st Vice President Lion George with their bannerette


Lions Club of Plymouth SWIMATHON 2019
Saltash Leisure Centre
Sunday March 17th 10.00am - 6.00pm

As those of you who have already taken part in previous years know…..
 The Swimathon is a fund-raising event, organised strictly for FUN!! .
Following our very successful Swimathons in 2015, 2017 and 2018 which raised over £6,000, £8,000
and £8,000 respectively, we are hoping for an even bigger event this year with more teams raising money
for their chosen charities/good causes and Lions’ charities.
The verdict from last year’s teams was “What a great event! When is the next one?”
The event this year will again be held at the lovely pool at Saltash Leisure Centre, where there is a café
for that all important after swim drink and snack, and plenty of room for spectators/supporters on
poolside or in the viewing area in the café.
The Swim
The event is open to swimmers of all ages and swimming abilities. All swimming teams welcome –
families, work teams, clubs, charities, schools, any team of five!
Teams of 5 swimmers swim in a relay for 50 minutes. You do not need to be a fantastic swimmer - just
able to swim a length at a time of the 25 metre pool, with plenty of rest in between while the other team
members take their turn. You can even use swimming aids, as some of our younger entrants have done.
Saltash Pool has full disabled access and a hoist for disabled swimmers if required.
This is not a competitive event so speed is not important. The idea is to have fun and at the same time
raise money through sponsorship for your chosen charity and the Lions’ nominated charities.
But, if you are feeling competitive, there will be awards for the teams in each category which complete
the highest number of lengths. Or just surprise yourself by how many lengths you can swim.
There are 4 lanes so 4 teams will be swimming at one time.
Medals will be awarded to 16yr and under and all entrants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
Money is raised by sponsorship. All swimmers undertake to collect sponsorship and all monies raised are
split 50/50 between the team’s chosen charity/good cause and the nominated Lions’ charities. We hope to
collect GiftAid from as many sponsors as possible.
 This year the Lions Club of Plymouth are supporting one main charity:

‘Keep Me Close Appeal’
To provide Parental Accommodation for parents of babies in the
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Derriford Hospital.
…… plus other local Lion charities.
We hope you feel inspired to get a team or teams together and come along, join the fun, and help!
For more information and entry forms please contact;
Lion George Poad, Tel, 01752 491 444 or email
Lion Roy Russell –Tele, 01752 347 547 or email

Lion Alan Clifford receives his ten year Chevron form Lion Ted Clarke. Lion Ted was President in 2008 when Lion Alan was inducted into the Lions Club of Plymouth

We pop along to Shekinah Mission tonight and surprise Hilary with her Plaque for outstanding community service. She was busy preparing pasta bake for tonight soup run but delighted to receive the plaque from Lion President Graham. 

Alan and Maureen Stockdale of Plymouth and District Special Olympics receiving their Centennial Certificate of Appreciation from Lion President Graham Hyde.

These were awarded by LCI MD105 in recognition of Outstanding Service to the Community and signed by our Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO

Lion Phil presents Mark of Friends of Devonport Park his Centennial Certificate of Appreciation

Lion President Graham presents Irene Wills BEM of Pisces Swimming Club her Centennial Certificate of Appreciation alongside Zone Chairman Lion Ian


Plymouth Lions assisted SOPD at the Regional bowls championship at Plymouth Lifecentre.

Lion Jim learning the art of measuring from the jack to the bowl


President Graham congratulate Vanessa of team Crazy Bunch on finishing the 10 mile Dartmoor walk.
A very hot day so well done to the 50 walkers who all took part today and Thank you on behalf of the Lions Club of Plymouth

Lion President Graham  and Melvin the Lion visit Fynn and his family 

For more details




Special Olympics Plymouth and District 
IPP/ZC Lion Ian presents an cheque for a new table tennis table and donation of £300 to members of the group in the YMCA on behalf of the Lions Club of Plymouth

Cardon Swimming Club receive medals at Saltash Pool

Three Caradon Swimming Club teams - H2O, Chloe and Fast-Track-Four who won the overall trophy for doing most lengths in the time (155) at the 2018 Swimarathon. Lion President Ian, Lions George, Norma and Jim went along to a club training session to thank the teams and present medals and trophy. More photo's on Swimarathon page


St Lukes recevied £1500 from Swimarathon 2018

Lion President Ian & Swimarathon Chairman Lion Jim Stevens present Wayne Marshall St Luke Fundraiser Manager a cheque for £1500 at St Lukes Hospice 


Lion Jim Tea Party  


Lion Jim Shipton and family hosted a garden tea party on behalf of Marie Curie and the Lions Club of Plymouth. Music was provided by Hele School Band and Lion President Ian is picture with Alan Drummond & Carol Drummond.

Alan is the Plymouth Marie Curie Fundraising group Chairman and Carol is a retired  Marie Curie Nurse. A great afternoon was had by al who attended l and £812 was raised to be split between Marie Curie and the Lions.



 Sponsored Knitting 2018       

Winner Sponsor Kint 2018 Wendy Thorpe


            2nd place Marcia Walters                                             3rd place Elaine Cook                   


The Lions Club of Plymouth held their annual Sponsored Knitting Event at Emmanuel Church Hall Mannamead on Saturday 14th April. with a total of 54 accomplished knitter’s competing for the much cherished trophies.

The ladies were knitting squares which when completed will be made up into various sized blankets and throws, which will be distributed to Hospitals and Homes throughout the locality. Trophies and prizes were awarded to the person knitting the most squares in a given time period, with and additional trophy presented to the person attracting the most sponsorship.

The ladies were treated to tea and biscuits on arrival, a pasty lunch followed by jelly or trifles and a quick talk given by representatives of the two main charities benefiting from the day, being Mr John Branch from Diabetes UK and from Mrs Marie Hull of the Local Bereavement Counselling. During the afternoon, tea/coffee and cake were served, followed by the presentations of awards by Lion President Ian Hill.

The contest for the most squares completed was a closely run competition with the top three contestants having completed eight squares each, the rows and stiches were taken into account on the last unfinished squares and by a close number, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places were awarded as follows. In 1st Place - Wendy Thorpe, in 2nd Place – Marcia Walters and in 3rd Place Elaine Cook. In addition to the trophies each was awarded with a box of chocolates and flowers.

The knitter who attracted the most sponsorship is yet to be announced once all the sponsorship forms and monies have been returned, but the total is expected to be in excess of £1,000.00.

The Lions gratitude goes to all who took part and to the individual sponsors.    

Lion President Graham presented cheques for £600 to Tracy and John at September meeting from this year Sponsor Knit. 




A surprise entrant at the event was World Transplant Gold Medalist Swimmer Janet Jenkins

Janet was selected to represent Great Britain in the World Transplant Games held in London Ontario in Canada during 2005, and returned home from Canada with 7 medals in swimming which included a gold in the 4x50m medley event which at that time broke the world record.

Janet’s story and comments follow:-

August 9th 2002 I received a phone call from Derriford Hospital letting me know that the most wonderful gift that anyone can give someone was waiting for me - A kidney.  Unfortunately this was the third time I have been through a transplant operation but now 16 years on my transplant is still working well.

I had been on kidney dialysis continuously for 12 years but prior to my illness I had been a very keen sports person competing in swimming, synchronised swimming, in goal for water polo and 5-a-side football plus various keep fit sessions.  Also I trained to be a swimming teacher and coach in swimming & synchronised swimming at local & county level.

Now that my new transplant was working, I had the opportunity again to return to swimming and I was encouraged to join the team of athletes who all have received a transplant to represent Derriford Hospital & the South West to compete in the British Transplant Games.  This annual event is Britain's largest multi-sport event which started in 1978 and every year is it open to all those who have had a life-saving transplant e.g. lung, liver, heart, pancreas and bone marrow and for ages from 5 to over 85!  Also it's to raise awareness of Organ Donation which each year sadly the need increases.I attended my first games at Keele University in 2003 and the year after in Norwich, with my results in winning various swimming events I was selected to represent Great Britain in the World Transplant Games held in London Ontario in Canada during 2005.  I am so proud to return home from Canada with 7 medals in swimming which included a gold in the 4x50m medley event which at the time I broke the world record. As with many of these sports events athletes have to sponsor themselves which includes the kit, accommodation, travelling, entry fees and also GB training events prior to the games.  I had to raise nearly £2000 and the Lions Club of Plymouth very kindly sponsored me and helped me to attend the four pre-games training events that was held in Birmingham.

THANK YOU so much to everyone within the Lions Club so helped me - even though this event was over 13 years ago I am still so grateful to have been given the opportunity and honour to swim for GB. I wish you all at Plymouth Lions Club continued success in your fund raising and those who volunteer in so many ways.

Lion Lionel and his team Steven Hart, Phil Hart & Anthony Shreeve completed 99 lenghts in Plymouth Lions Swimarathon. 

 A Big Thank you to everyone who took part in the Swimarathon and our Sponsors. Team photos and results are available on the Swimarathon page


Lion Geoff and Wendy serving refreshments during the Lions week of running the community cafe at Harewood House Plympton















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