Lions support Mid Cheshire Foodbank during pandemic lockdown

Vale Royal Lions have received a share of £100,000 from the Lions Clubs Foundation of the British Isles. Lions Clubs across the British Isles have benefited from a special fund launched to support local communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Vale Royal Lions will donate £500 to Mid Cheshire Foodbank at this critical time, which covers the Northwich and Winsford areas.

Lions President Andy Benson said: “This is a significant sum of money that we are putting to good use straightaway. This Coronavirus pandemic is hurting lots of local people in lots of different ways - just because we are all social distancing doesn’t stop us from caring - we are doing what we can, and this donation will help vulnerable people in our community during these difficult times.

When a humanitarian crisis strikes, the Lions Clubs Foundation of the British Isles works with and are guided by their own Lions members who are ordinary people actively working at the heart of their communities.

Your local Lions Club supports a range of good causes and local projects and recently donated 20 Sleep Pods to Citizens Advice and the Salvation Army in Northwich. Unfortunately there are homeless people in our area and, whilst the ideal night accommodation for them is a permanent shelter, these are not always available. Sleep Pods are self-warming once inside, rain and wind resistant, easy to clean, are easy to carry and can be used continuously, and are made by volunteers.



Melvin Jones Fellowship awarded to Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips has been supporting Vale Royal Lions for many years in many ways. He contributed a financial prize to our popular Annual Golf competition that ran for well over 10 years, he made vehicles available for transport for charity events and he and his family have always been welcome faces at our charter celebrations. Our accounts are audited every year, and Brian provides his services free of charge.

Vale Royal Lions were delighted to bestow a Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF) award upon Brian on the occasion of celebrating both their 42nd year of becoming a chartered club, and also the centenary of Lions Clubs International. Melvin Jones founded Lions in 1917 in Chicago, U.S.A., and this award is one of the highest within the organisation.

Brian received his award from club president Rob Brown


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