About this Collection
Derwent Lions Club’s passion is to help people in need, within the community and beyond. We are part of Lions Clubs International and operate around the villages to the East and South of York.
Our members come from all walks of life but who are like minded people who give their time and expertise freely for the benefit of others. We are supported by enthusiastic volunteers and supporters, and by the people within our community who give most generously when we knock on their door!
This was the Derwent Lion's fourth year collecting used Christmas Trees for charity and they collected over 250 trees which has raised £2,115.91 (after costs and including Gift Aid) which will be split 51% to St Leonard's Hospice and 49% to the Derwent Lions.
About the Hospice
St Leonard’s Hospice is an independent charity, providing specialist palliative care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses. They have an In-patient Unit, Sunflower Centre and Hospice@Home service. In this relaxed and friendly environment, every patient is recognised and treated as an individual. With their support patients are able to enjoy the best possible quality of life. Their care also extends to support families and loved ones.
In addition to a team of highly experienced doctors and nurses, they have specialists in a wide range of roles including complementary therapy, lymphoedema care, physiotherapy, social work, bereavement, occupational therapy and spiritual care.
Their care is free of charge to patients and their families but not free to provide. As a charity they rely heavily on the generosity of the public to raise over £5 million each year to run St Leonard's Hospice. This equates to £574 for every hour of every day. Although St Leonard’s does get some public funding the majority of the running costs have to be raised from donations and fundraising by the local community - businesses, groups and individuals.