Meetings
 
November 2023
Donation of Advent Calendars to Woodley Lunch Bunch
This year Woodley and Early Lions donated just over 170 advent calendars to Woodley Lunch Bunch to help them with the great work they do for families that are going through difficult times.
Bleed Control Kit
On 16th November 2023 we proudly handed over to Woodley Town Council a bleed control kit. These specialised trauma kits are designed to provide bystanders with the products they need to stop life-threatening bleeding until paramedics arrive, potentially saving lives.
In the picture below is our Club President, Glenda Kennedy together with Juliet Anderson Deputy Town Mayor for Woodley Town Council and Mike Dowson from Turtle Engineering
 
 
Remembrance Day
Our Club President, Glenda Kennedy, places our clubs Rembrance wreath at Woodford Park Memorial.
 
Donation of a Mobility Scooter
This is a great example of colaboration between Wokingham United Charities, Woodley and Earley Lions and a local NHS Specialist Neuro Occupational Therapist. A local lady was left with reduced mobility after falling victim to a stroke. We were contacted to help fund a mobility scooter.
Elaine has very kindly allowed us to share this quote "I DIDN'T REALISE THE DIFFERENCE IT WOULD MAKE TO MY INDEPENDENCE AND MY CONFIDENCE. MY ANXIETY ABOUT LEAVING MY HOME HAS GONE. ITS LOVELY TO BE OUT WITH SOMEONE BY YOUR SIDE, NOT BEHIND YOU. IT MAKES ME FEEL MORE INCLUSIVE"
 
October 2023 - Book Donations
We are delighted to have donated a set of "Wild Tribe Heroes" books to primary schools in our area.
The Wild Tribe Heroes books are a collection of gentle and engaging true stories about animals that find themselves in trouble when their lives are affected by plastic pollution, climate change or habitat loss. Follow each one of our heroes to see what happens, how they are saved and what you can do to help them!

             Woodley and Earley Lions Club (CIO) Donations made in 2022
         
Organisation / Item   Amount    Remarks 
1st Lower Earley Scouts   £400   2 tents 
Brain Research Trust   £400   part of a 5 year annual pledge 
Camp Mohawk   £906   wheelchair trampoline
Cancer Research   £200   in memory of a former Lion
Earley Air Cadets   £1,500   for supporting us on Fireworks Night 
Earley Food Bank (Salvation Army community fund)   £1,000   in lieu of Santa Sleigh events 2022
Joint Funding   £750   special tricycle for child with cerebral palsy
Kids Cancer charity   £1,100   respite for 2 Woodley families 
Laurel Park Charity Foundation £8,000   for supporting us on Fireworks Night 
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF)  £500   annual contribution
Lions Opportunity Fund   £4,500   grants to 3 secondary schools
Lymphoma charity   £500   In memory of a former Lion
Me2   £250   support for Easter party
Mobile defib   £1,079   for club use at Fundraising events
Pakistan Flood Relief Appeal £1,000   through LCIF
Project Singers   £250   sheet music
Thames Vale Vultures   £500   for supporting us on Fireworks Night 
Ukrainian Centre   £250   coffee mornings
Ukrainian Centre   £1,500   for families in our area
Wokingham Countryside Services £2,000   South Lake Environmental Scheme 
Woodley Food Bank   £1,000   in lieu of Santa Sleigh events 2022
Woodley Lunch Bunch   £348   Easter Eggs & Advent Calendars
Woodley Town Centre Partnership £167   mulled wine for Tree of Light ceremony
    £28,100    

Work with Camp Mohawk!

"Our Club celebrating with Camp Mohawk the completion of the fundraising for the Wheelchair Trampoline." 


Work with JAC!

Woodley and Earley Lions were delighted to see the new Small Animal Building and Enclosure at Just Around the Corner (JAC) Ltd, a local charity providing equine assisted learning and development programmes for children with challenges such as ADHD, anger, and self-esteem. Sam Milligan, pictured far right, the co-founder and Director of JAC thanked the club for their donation of £5,000 and introduced club members to JAC's pioneering work with children and horses. Club President, Mike Kennedy said "This is a brilliant charity and one Woodley and Earley Lions Club proudly supports. We were really impressed with the new building and very interested to learn about Sam's plans for further improvements."


Easter Eggs!

Two of our members attending a Lunch Bunch in Woodley recently to drop off Easter Eggs from Sainsburys. To say they were grateful was an understatement and we were so glad to be able to bring a bit of joy to come children this Easter.


Mobility Chair Donation

In October 2021 our club took delivery of a generously donated Mobility Chair.

"the chair was bought two years ago for my mother, who has a neurological degenerative disease but it soon became apparent that this was not right for her. My father wanted to donated the Chair to the Lions and we have agreed they could offer the chair at a discounted price with the proceeds to be retained by the Club for worthy causes."

Speaking on the Club's behalf, Mike Kennedy, vice-president, who took delivery of the chair said, "this really is a most generous donation given the excellent condition of the chair which has only been used once outside!" "The Mobility Chair will help us raise around £300 from the resale. We would welcome offers from local residents."


Bookstall at Woodley Market

Thanks to everyone who said hello and bought a book at Woodley Market this month (18.09.21) where our ecelectic bookstall was hosted by a few of our marvellous Lions club members. 


Winnersh Fete Human Fruit Machine

A great time was had by all at Winnersh Summer Fete held at the Bearwood Recreation ground on Saturday 4th September 2021 and again in June 2022.

 


Parenting Special Children

We have recently agreed to provide funding support to this amazing charity which provides a range of support to Parents of Children with Autism, ADHD, Trauma, and Attachment issues. The services and support provided includes workshops, support groups, advocacy, helplines, events, training, diagnosis, and one to one support. 

The PSC Charity Log recently showed 316 parents being supported in the Woodley and Earley area and we want to help ensure such services can continue to be provided during these especially difficult times.

For more information please visit their website at: 

https://www.parentingspecialchildren.co.uk/


Woodley Town Centre Defibrillator 

The Mayor of Woodley together  with members of the club unveiling a defibrillator for use by Woodley residents. This life- saving device was installed at the base of the clock tower in Woodley Town Centre.


Woodley First Responders Vehicle 

The Mayor again joined club members at the Woodley Carnival to present a new fully equipped vehicle to the W&E First Responders. The team of 6 Woodley First Responders can be at an emergency within minutes, helping to save lives.


Launchpad

Launchpad is a Charity for people who are either homeless, or have housing problems.  They have a "Drop in" centre in Reading where these unfortunate people can come for advice.  Woodley and Earley are not immune to having people in this stressful position.  We have therefore paid for the complete refurbishment of the family room.  The picture shows members at the handover of the finished works.


Minibus for Addington School

This summer (together with the Lords Taverners) we made a significant contributon towards the provision of a new minibus for the Addington School for children with Special Needs, in Woodley.  Their fleet was in desparate need of it and they were most appreciative.


Bladder Scanner for Royal Berks Hospital

This October (2019) we have donated an £8000 bladder scanner to the Royal Berks.   This piece of equipment is the latest state-of-the-art ptece of kit.  It will obviate the need for invasive treatment and it will make the process more clinically safe.

Other Significant Donations:

We have made numerous smaller donations to other worthy causes.  This has been done confidentially, so names are generally withheld.

  • We made a major donation towards the purchase of a highly technical wheelchair for a young adult with special needs.

  • We provided a Pulseguard to a family whose daughter suffers from epilepsy.  This device alerts the parents when a fit occurs during the night.       

 

  • We enabled a family with severe autism amongst its members to go on a holiday to a specialist centre on the Isle of Wight.
  • We paid for disco equipment to enable a small local charity to provide a weekly disco club activity for young people and adults with special needs.
  • We made a modest contribution to a local choir to assist in the purchase of sheet music.
  • We have made a contributon towards the RBH Christmas party which is laid on for those children who have to be in hospital over the Christmas period.
  • We have made a contribution towards the Reading Family Aid group for their Toy Project  (for underprivileged children).
  • We have made a significant donation to the Earley ATC towards their new (desktop) flight simulator. (Don't be surprised if, on your next holiday flight, when the captain is taken ill, a teenager jumps up and volunteers to take over the controls!). This is a picture of Lion Mike Tarling operating the controls and safely landing the plane.
  • We have made a contribution towards furniture for a local Pre-school.

  • We have made a donaton to the First Days Charity, who provide clothes and equipment to disadvantaged families for their small children. First Days are now extending the scope of their activities to providing school uniforms to financially strapped families.  This is a picture of us handing over the £1000 cheque.
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