Thursday, 2 October 2014

Lions raise more than £70,000 for good causes

MORE than £70,000 was raised for good causes by Knowle and Dorridge Lions this year.


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A December 29 Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton House raised more than £9,000 thanks to the efforts of more than 1,400 walkers.

Cash went to VisionCare, Northleigh House, The Brain Tumour charity and local causes said the charity, which last month held a presentation evening at the Knowle’s Greswolde Hotel.

May’s Knowle Fun Run also raised £45,000 for the charities and the July 20 Heart of England Bike Ride raised £16,000, including £12,475 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Wendy Larkin, of the BHF, said: “This is the third year has been the beneficiary of the Bike Ride and we are really grateful to Knowle and Dorridge Lions for organising the event.

“The money raised goes to our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal which aims to fund research into preventing heart failure and giving hope to thousands of heart patients.

“We are looking forward to next July’s Ride and hope it will be even more successful than ever.”

Cheques totalling £35,778 were presented to VisionCare, Northleigh House and The Brain Tumour charity. The club keeps 30 per cent for local causes.

The evening included a presentation from Arden school pupils (see photo) on a visit to South Africa to teach rural families. The Lions has given equipment like computers to the area.

This year’s December 28 Festive Walk and May 17 fun run will support Arthritis Research UK, Knowle Football Club and Solihull Young Carers.

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