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Organisations We've Supported

Who do we help?    Wetherby Lions have raised in excess of £960,000 in 56 years
see our recent 'Cheque Presentation & Fun Quiz Evening' here and our earlier 'Cheque Presentation & Quiz Evening's here and here where we presented our financial contributions.

Wetherby District Lions Club is a service organisation which raises funds for charitable purposes and cooperates with other charities and not-for-profit organisations to help them achieve their aims.  Beneficiaries of the Club include local, national and international causes, helped by the International nature of the Lions organisation.

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Guiding Expedition

Support for a local Guide who is attending Roverway 2024, a European Scout and Guide event aimed at young people aged 16-22 as part of the Girlguiding North East England contingent.  She will join 5000 guides and scouts from across Europe for an exciting jamboree. 

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Support for WAJFC' website and general funding of club's activities.

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Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre 2023

Support for local groups following their performance at our annual Christmas event.  Thanks to Crossley Street, Deighton Gates and St Joseph’s school choirs; Collingham Wind and Wetherby Silver bands; Wetherby Musical Theatre and Yorkshire singing groups.

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Mason House Gift Cards

Support for Mason House members in the form of Gift Cards for food and drink for their monthly meetings.

£120 Donation
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Bramham Village Community Christmas Lunch

Yet another year the Lions sponsor the Village Hall Committee in providing lunch for anyone who find themselves isolated or alone on Christmas Day

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Mobility Scooter

Support for a Wetherby lady by supplying a motorised scooter.  She can now get 'out and about' much easier and enjoy life to the full.

£950 Donation
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Old Men's Parliament

Supporting the socialising of the more mature men of Wetherby.

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White Rosettes

It is an honour to support the White Rosettes who will be competing in the Barbershop Harmony Society International Contest in Cleveland, Ohio in July 2024.

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Young Lives v Cancer

Support to cover the costs to help with travel for a local family who has a child with cancer that needs ongoing specialist hospital treatment

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Wetherby Bandstand Trust

The Lions sponsor two concerts at the Riverside Bandstand (August 2023)

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Kids Cancer Charity

Support for 'Kids Cancer Charity', they are a national charity supporting children with cancer and their families through their challenging journey.  Their wish is for children affected by cancer and their families to not feel alone.

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American Student Exchange

Support for Louise's daughter to travel to America as an 'exchange student'.

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Scout Jamboree

Support for local Wetherby Scout James to travel to the '25 World Jamboree' in Korea. 

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Girlguiding Camp Badges

Support for Bramhope Girlguiding for their camp and commemorative badges.

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OnTrak Community Initiative

Lions third donation to this charity will make a huge difference to supporting students to develop their engineering skills, specifically their 'Bike Shed Project'.

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Mason House Outing to the Seaside 

Support for an outing of members of Mason House for a day trip to Scarborough.

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Seaside fun for a family !

Provision for a family from Tockwith for a summer break to Filey.

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Martin House Sanctuary Garden

Support for a new Sanctuary Garden to be located outside of The Sanctuary (the Chapel) and will be a semi-private garden.  it will provide an opportunity for the families to take some further time for reflection and remembrance.

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Riverside Memorial Benches

Support for Wetherby Weir Preservation Trust with two new benches at the Riverside community facility.  The benches are in memorial to two Lion members who have  'past to higher service'.

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Fire Engine for Ukraine

Our support for Ukraine continues with the purchase of a fire engine for a small town of Volodymyr where fighting equipment has been remove to major cities.  The local mayor has made a desperate plea for the fire engine.

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New Pony for RDA

Support for Tina and her colleagues at the Riding for the Disabled Association.  A new pony called Robbie to enable riders to enjoy the outdoors and the company horses.

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Life Without Limits

Support for ‘Life Without Limits’, a group for girls in their teens and twenties with disabilities and complex needs, who rely on structured groups and carers to facilitate their socialising.  A grant was given to secure venue hire for a year to help get the group up and running.

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Toilet Twinning

Support for world wide toilet twinning project. Wetherby becomes a 'Toilet Twinned Town' following community support of 33 toilets twinned toilets including some toilet blocks.

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 Turkey and Syria Earthquake Victims

Support for Turkish and Syrian earthquake victims, monies given to Lions UK for transfer to the Lions Clubs of Turkey and Syria.

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Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre

Support for local groups following their performance at our annual Christmas event.  Thanks to Crossley Street and St Joseph’s school choirs, Collingham Wind and Wetherby Silver bands, Wetherby Musical Theatre and Rock singing groups.

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Support for the Leo & Luca and parents support Natalia & Ashley when their Identical twin boys arrived at just 29 weeks gestation !    Monies to Leeds Hospitals Charity. 

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Apex Challenge

Support for the Apex Challenge which saw 400 young people aged 14-18 descend on Braham Park estate for a weekend-long adventure competition. 

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Rob Burrow  - Living with MMD

Support for the Rob Burrow and his 'Living with MMD' (Motor Neurone Disease) charity with Leeds Hospitals. 

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Seaside fun for families!

Provision for two families from Wetherby and Tockwith for a summer break to Filey.

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Another year the Lions sponsor the Village Hall Committee in providing lunch for anyone who find themselves isolated or alone on Christmas Day.   

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Helping out with cooking!

Provision of new cookers for two local families who were unable to replace existing ones.

£720 Donation
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Family Holidays

Funding for holidays in Filey for less fortunate local families.

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 Ukraine Refugees

Support for Ukraine Refugees, monies given to Lions UK for transfer to the Lions Clubs of Poland and Romania

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Support of Kirk Deighton Rangers Football Club in providing funding for Clubhouse facilities

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Toilet Twinning

Donation to start by bringing villagers together to encourage them to create action groups to build toilets.

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Mobility Trike

Funding towards a 'trike' for a local resident's daughter.

£300 Donation
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Young Lives vs Cancer

Proceeds from a 'Quiz Night' to help support the costs with travel for a local family who has a child with cancer that needs ongoing specialist hospital treatment

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Wetherby District Angling Club

The Lions sponsor Wetherby District Angling Club following a request to assist with ponds at Sicklinghall so children and elderly people can experience fishing.

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OnTrak Community Initiative

The Lions second donation to this charity will make a huge difference to supporting students to develop their engineering skills, specifically their 'Bike Shed Project'.

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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Lions made a donation to St Joseph's Catholic Primary School following their assistance with the entertainment at the Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre.

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Wetherby Bandstand Trust

The Lions sponsor two concerts at the Riverside Bandstand (15th August 2021)

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Crossley Street Primary School

Lions made a donation to Crossley Street Primary School following their assistance with the entertainment at the Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre.

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Wetherby Silver Band

Lions made a donation to the members of Wetherby Silver Band following their assistance with the entertainment at the Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre.

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Wetherby Musical Theatre Group

Lions made a donation to members of WMYG following their assistance with the entertainment at the Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre.

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Harrogate Round Table

Lions made a donation to members of Harrogate round Table following their assistance with the logistics at the Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre.

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Girlguiding Wetherby Rangers

Lions made a donation to members of Wetherby Rangers Wattlesyke Girlguiding following their assistance with the fundraising at the Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre.

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Collingham Music Association

Lions made a donation to members of Collingham Music Association following their assistance with the entertainment at the Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre.

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Cooker Installation

Lions supported a member of the local community with a replacement cooker for his recently provided property by the local Council

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Mason House Coach Outing to Restaurant

Lions made a donation to members of Mason House who enjoyed a coach outing and roast carvery meal at the Millstones Restaurant North of Harrogate.  They missed on this trip last year and all were really pleased to get out on  trip together.

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Bramham Village Community Christmas Lunch

Another year the Lions sponsor the Village Hall Committee in providing lunch for anyone who find themselves isolated or alone on Christmas Day.   

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Lions - will remember them

 Wetherby Lions President Tim Ritson paying respects on behalf of our organisation.  Donation to the Wetherby & District Branch of The Royal British Legion.

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The Lions donated and installed seating on the Harland Way (Spofforth section)

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Cash for Kids

For the second year the Lions donation will make a huge difference to supporting children living in poverty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically being allocated to their 'Cash for Kids Day' appeal .

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Wetherby Bandstand Trust

The Lions sponsor two concerts at the Riverside Bandstand (15th August 2021)

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Young Lives vs Cancer

Support to cover the costs to help with travel for a local family who has a child with cancer that needs ongoing specialist hospital treatment

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance - support of virtual Duck Race

Support of Yorkshire Air Ambulance' virtual Duck Race in lieu of our own Wetherby Duck Race which has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Filey Lions Club - provision of holidays in 2021

Filey Lions Club provide holidays for local Wetherby residents who needed a respite holiday in Filey

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Support of Yorkshire Air Ambulance in lieu of our donation from our cancelled Beer Festival .

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Lions Clubs International India Appeal

The Lions donation will make a huge difference providing vital assistance where it is needed in India.

£500 Donation
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OnTrak Community Initiative

The Lions donation will make a huge difference to supporting students to develop their engineering skills, specifically their 'Bike Shed Project'.

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Deepdale Tree Planting Initiative

The Lions donation will make a huge difference to the Deepdale Community site with their newly installed fruit orchard.

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Cash for Kids

The Lions donation will make a huge difference to supporting children living in poverty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically being allocated to their 'Cash for Kids Day' appeal .

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Wetherby Bandstand Trust

The Lions sponsor two (2) concerts at the Riverside Bandstand (15th August & 5th September 2021)

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Support for NHS/Community Fundraiser

Lions are saying 'thank you' to Claire Wiggins.  Claire, despite having severe disabilities, raises money for charity and in lockdown is making 'Pamper Hampers' for members of the community, for GPs, nurses and even carers, full of handmade items and a range of useful products.

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Wetherby Weir Preservation Trust

Lions have replaced the seats down on the Riverside that are in remembrance to Lion members who have passed to 'higher service'.

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Wetherby Carers

Lions are saying ‘thank you!’ to carers who work tirelessly to look after relatives and friends.  and have produced forty vouchers that will be distributed to carers redeemable at The Fox & Hounds (Walton) or The Bay Horse (Kirk Deighton). The vouchers can also be used to buy groceries from their shops

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Wetherby Christmas Spirit

There are few things better than receiving a Christmas hamper, filled to the brim with favourite seasonal treats! Thanks to the community spirit in Wetherby, a large number of deserving families received such a gift this Christmas. Local councillor, Dean Buckle (The Wetherby Bike Shack), his wife Mally and members of the Old Men’s Parliament have joined forces with Morrison’s Supermarket;

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Bramham Village Community Christmas Lunch

Christmas was different this year, however where would it be without Bramham’s traditional Community Christmas Lunch?  The Village Hall Committee provided lunch for anyone who found themselves isolated or alone on Christmas Day.   

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Toys for Christmas

At the request of Leeds City Council’s Children’s Centres and the Salvation Army (Wetherby), Lions donated towards a very successful Christmas Toy Appeal.   

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Lions - will remember them

It was permissible to lay wreaths at the war memorial and pictured here is Wetherby Lions President Tim Ritson paying respects on behalf of our organisation. Donation to the Wetherby & District Branch of The Royal British Legion.

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Kicking Back !

Wetherby Athletic Girls U6s & U7s is new group to encourage girls to play football. They normally play indoors however due to COVID-19 they are staying outdoors.  Lions provided the hoodies and jackets for the girls.

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Playground Refurbishment

Lions helped East Keswick Parish Council to refurbish playing grounds and to replace old children’s tower unit. 

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Disaster Support

The Beirut Disaster in Lebanon prompted a request for support from Lions International, Wetherby Lions responded.

Support of funding for Wetherby Arts Festival and their 'Katy Hewison's 'Improplay' Project'. Katy will present dancing tuition in the open air and on the Zoom internet platform to Primary School children.

Support of funding for six (6) laptops for young people who are being educated at home via the internet, however not all families are able to provide this equipment for their children.

Support of Radio Aire's 'Cash for Kids Appeal' in providing funding to help local families who need it the most in our communities. Those who are living in or on the brink of poverty will be feeling the impact of Coronavirus more keenly.

Support of Kirk Deighton Rangers Football Club (under 8s) in providing funding for extra kit for the girls under 8s team.

Support of 'The Apex Challenge' event where 400 young people from across the UK take part in a series of team adventure events over a weekend-long competition.

Support of Crossley Street School following their their choir singing at our 'Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre'.

Support of Ontrack Community Initiative following the help of Tockwith Motor Sport for towing our Santa Sleigh over the Christmas period.

Support of Tewit Silver Band following their their assistance at our 'Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre'.

Support of Parkrun UK (Wetherby) as it offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. 

Support of CLIC Sargent and their caring for the needs of children and their families

Support of Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Support of Tempo FM following their assistance at the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride and Duck Race

Support of defibrillator equipment sited at St James Church Wetherby. 

Support of Wetherby Athletic Junior Football Club following their assistance with our bag Pack at Morrisons Supermarket

Support of Lions Foundation and Sightsavers

Support of Filey Lions Club following their assistance at the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride

Support of Wetherby Musical Theatre Group following their assistance with the 'Seniot Citizens' Party'.

Support of Garforth Lions Club following their assistance at the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride

Filey Lions Club provide holidays for local Wetherby residents who needed a respite holiday in Filey.

Support for a coach outing for the elderly.