Life in Lockdown

During lockdown, Stone Lions managed to keep quite active!  Although we were unable to meet in person, we embraced technology and learned how to ZOOM!

We even had our annual Charter Night Party online and provided our own cabaret entertainment too.

We managed to support a number of local projects including

  • contributing funds towards the purchase of an ultra-light wheelchair for a local adult resident with severe disabilities
  • providing floor covering for a family re-housed following domestic abuse
  • supporting the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal
  • providing a laptop computer to assist a child with visual impairment and other complex needs
  • purchasing 4 sleep pods to support Rough Sleepers
  • contribution towards the cost of 2 new tyres for Eccleshall First Responders
  • purchasing vouchers towards the cost of household goods and bedding to be issued by Stafford Women’s Aid in support of families re-housed following domestic abuse.  This was partially funded by a Community Foundation Grant applied for by Stone Lions Club
  • providing 40 Christmas food parcels and donating towards the cost of meat packs for distribution by Stone Community Hub Food Bank, after successfully applying for a grant from the Neighbourhood Postal Lottery Fund.
  • Providing 78 bottles of hand lotion and 28 bottles of shower gel for nursing staff in the Critical Care Unit of UHNS
  • Contributing towards the cost of a special chair for a local child with complex disabilities
  • Funding the construction of a new bridge to cross the stream at the Downs Bank Natur Reserve.

Mobility Scheme

We offered a reduced Mobility Scheme, whilst adhering to restrictions on social distancing.  Sadly we were not able to issue mobility scooters as the required 1 to 1 instruction/training has not been possible but, with the help of our friends at Disable Aids in Cannock, it was possible for us to arrange and fund repairs for any scooter breakdowns.  By establishing a thorough cleaning and disinfecting procedure and restricting the access to our storage area, we were able us to issue wheelchairs, walking aids, commodes etc. to a number of local residents.

Happily, normal service is now resumed!

PSA Testing

When it became apparent that we would be unable to hold our annual PSA Testing Evening at the Stone House Hotel, we arranged for test to be done by post at a subsidised cost to those taking part.  Although the number of tests undertaken was fewer than we would have seen at a ‘live’ event, we know that the men who participated appreciated being given the opportunity to take part in this important screening programme.

We hope to resume our normal testing programme in the Spring of 2022.

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