JustHelping has a long and rich history with Lions Clubs across the UK. They are an amazingly committed group of volunteers who do fantastic work in their local communities. Which is why we are thrilled to welcome Telford Lions to the fold this year!
We are over the moon to be welcoming the Telford Lions to the JustHelping team this year. Lions Clubs are fantastic organisations that do extraordinary things to help others and support good causes in their local communities.
The Telford Lions will be organising a group of volunteers to help collect trees in their local area on behalf of Severn Hospice in Telford who provide vital services to those with life-limiting illnesses in their community.
Telford Lions President, Kevin Hopley tells us more: “This is the first year that Telford Lions will be involved with JustHelping and the Christmas Tree collection and recycling. One of our members had seen that another Lions Club was assisting a hospice in Hertfordshire and decided to look into it further. Although the idea came to the club from one member, the rest of Telford Lions have been very keen to get behind the idea and commit resources for planning the activity, collections and recycling.
“During the planning phase, JustHelping has guided us through each and every step, providing all the relevant information to allow us to proceed with the project.
“We have organised events and donated proceeds to our local hospice, Severn Hospice, for some years. Activities have ranged from tin collections in the high street, proceeds from our ‘Santa Around Town’ and street collections, and also donations from generic fundraising activities. Telford Lions is actually 50 years old and Severn Hospice has always been known to its members past and present. Indeed, some of our members have benefited from the care of Severn Hospice, the most recent of which was Chris Lewis, who sadly passed away in 2016, after a Lions career just two months short of 20 years of service.
“Our first collection is shaping up to be a memorable event and we are all looking forward to it. We’ve factored in some bacon sandwiches, our tree surgeon is providing his assistance for free, and a generous local businessman had already been touch to provide additional resources so that we can extend our collection area.
“Only those that have ever used the services of hospices understand the extremely valuable service that they provide. Every hospice relies on the support of its local community to continue to deliver its services. With the support of JustHelping, Telford Lions have been able to assist in delivering this project on behalf of Severn Hospice, not to mention other local charities supported by Telford Lions. We are honoured to be supporting JustHelping and this activity.”
And we’re honoured that you chose our charity to take part in. JustHelping wouldn’t exist without the selfless support of community groups like the Lions. If Kev’s words have inspired you to get involved with our collection, please get in touch with us to find out more.