£750 Donated to children’s play area

Tetbury Lions have supported Tetbury Town Council in the development of a station themed children’s play area, taking advantage of a safe site vacated when the station closed in the 1960s.  The project, designed for nursery age children to enjoy for many years to come, is specifically located to allow safe and easy access and is easily visible.  The Tetbury Play Station features a climbing frame styled as the old footbridge, swing sets, a climb on wooden train with passenger coaches and a signal box playhouse.  The opportunity for young children to develop social skills in such an environment acknowledges that the quality of what is provided affects the quality of what they learn.  

Taking just one year to complete, this £26,000 project was financed through a combination of fundraising, donations and grant application, a notable achievement for a small market town.  Tetbury Lions, inspired from the conception of this project, donated £750 specifically for the purchase of two on site wooden benches allowing parents to supervise their children in a relaxed enclosed area.  It has already proved to be a valuable and very popular addition to the town.

Further developments are planned, including a pram park, raised beds to encourage young children to develop an interest in vegetables while an earth bank area to the rear of the site will be adorned through the planting of a significant number of bulbs. 




Lions Provides Airglove for Mobil Cancer Care Unit

Headquartered in Tetbury, the Hope For Tomorrow Charity operates a fleet of Mobile Cancer Care Units (MCCU) bringing vital cancer care closer to patients, enabling them to spend more time with family, friends and loved ones.  These units, which are developed, built, and maintained by the charity, support patients who are going through cancer treatment by alleviating the stresses and strains of travelling for appointments, along with reducing hospital waiting times.  With four treatment chairs on board, each unit can treat up to 20 patients a day.

Tetbury Lions established that Hope For Tomorrow were fundraising to provide an Airglove for each of the units.  The Airglove is an air warming system for venous access which will significantly help patients and staff alike.  These simple devices will mean no more improvising with warm water, heat packs or even heated towels to try and gain access to patient’s veins, which can be a health and safety issue.  The Airglove has three temperature settings to suit different skin types with the unit automatically re-setting itself to normal skin types after each use. The unit will help to make the patient more comfortable and relaxed with its gentle warming system and provides confidence that the nurse practitioner will be able to access their veins.

Tetbury Lions donated £1,291 for the purchase of one unit, together with several hundred gloves, for the sole use of the MCCU serving South Gloucestershire.  One Lion club member currently using this unit said “From my personal experience finding a vein can sometimes prove problematic and anything that makes this process easier and less stressful for both patient and nurse has to be worth it.”

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