Welfare
A brief overview of some of the many welfare projects we are involved in

The latest project for Yateley Lions is Helping Harry.
Harry Boyce is a young lad, living in Yateley who suffers from Periventricular Leukomalacia and Cerebral Palsy. An operation is available at The St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Missouri, USA, which is called a selective dorsal rhizotomy. This operation would enable Harry to start walking un-aided, and is exactly the same operation at the same hospital where Charlie Adams http://www.charlieschallengestepbystep.co.uk had his successful operation, which made such an improvement to his life. We wish to support Harry to give him the opportunity of similar life changing improvements. For further information, please follow the link to Harry’s Website http://www.helpingharry.net or contact us using the link on the left hand side. Donations can be made out to Yateley Lions, please mark the back of the cheque with “Helping Harry” and remember to include your name and address, so that Harry can reply, or directly to Helping Harry using Paypal via the web site.
Help Harry

We enjoy working in the heart of the community giving both practical – hands on assistance and financial help for community projects, together with our own projects.

We were approached by the parents of Charlie Adams, who was a young lad, living in Yateley who suffered from Cerebral Palsy. An operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) can be performed at the St Louis Children’s Hospital, Missouri, USA, but they needed to raise in excess of £50,000 to cover the costs of the operation and subsequent rehabilitation. We were delighted to help, making and arranging various donations and assisting with a stall at The May Fayre.

   

Another initiative we started some years ago is the Lions Community Store. Although we live in an affluent area there are many people who fall on hard times, losing their homes and belongings through circumstances such as fire, floods, loss of employment etc.  The Community Store collects good quality second hand furniture, clothing and household appliances, checks them as necessary and then distributes them through Social Services, Health Visitors and Lions Clubs to those in need. Situated in Fleet, the Community Store is helped by Fleet Lions, with assistance from other Lions Clubs in this area. 

Care of the elderly and disabled also ranks high amongst the aims of our club. During the Christmas period the elderly often feel lonely and forgotten. We organise Christmas parties in 2 homes for the elderly, with the help of  the delightful singing from the choir of Charles Kingsley School in Eversley. We also give Christmas gifts to the residents of two other sheltered accommodation homes in Yateley.