Welcome to Wetherby District Lions Club…

the local branch of Lions International, which covers Wetherby and the surrounding villages of Walton, Thorp Arch, Boston Spa, Collingham, Clifford and Bramham.

A member of Lions International, with the motto “We Serve”, the club is a service organisation which fundraises for charitable purposes and cooperates with other charities and not-for-profit organisations to help them achieve their aims.

Beneficiaries of the club’s charity account and charitable trust include local, national and international causes, helped by the international nature of the Lions organisation.

The menus to the right give access to more detailed information about Wetherby District Lions Club and the Lions Clubs International organisation, whether you are an interested member of the public, a person or organisation seeking help or support or someone interested in becoming a member of the club.

Club members attending the meeting of 23rd April 2012

You can see photos and videos about the club on Flickr and Youtube by searching on “Wetherby Lions” and follow us on Twitter

We are indebted to the Bridge Inn, Walshford, LS22 5HS for providing meeting rooms and hospitality to the club.

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Acorn 100K sponsored Bike Ride for Dementia Forward

No sooner had we posted our article about David and  Helen Bradley’s fundraising visit to the Himalayas than we heard from the Acorn charity who fundraise both for The Sleridoma Society at Leeds Hospital and Dementia Forward. They wrote:-

Dear Friends of Acorn

I hope you are considering entering this year’s  Acorn 100K Sponsored Bike Ride.  Please follow the link below – its £30 to enter before the 5th May and thereafter we are taking entries on the day at a cost of £40.  Please do buy a cycle top as 95% of the proceeds are going direct to Acorn, thanks to our fab sponsors!


If you are unable to ride but wish to be involved we still need marshals, please email louisehanen@acorncharity.org.uk  if you are able to help.

Louise Hanen
Acorn Committee
PO BOX 101, Otley,
LS21 2PY

Acorn Bike Ride for Dementia Forward


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RNIB benefits from Lions quiz

Friday, 11th April saw a crowded room of local quizzers  in St Joseph’s Church Hall tackle one of Terry Burns’ brain teasers.

Judging by some of the comments on #wetherbyhour various reputations were won and lost too.

The outcome is that the club will be donating £800 to the Royal National Institute for the Blind, to be devoted to their youth section, the Actionnaires.

Here’s a slideshow of the evening. Hover your cursor over a photo to view a particular photo.




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2014 Charter dinner

The club’s charter dinner took place on Saturday, 12th April at the Bridge Inn. Walshford.

46 Wetherby Lions and their guests took part to celebrate the Clubs 48th year since it received its founding charter in 1966. The Lions included Colin Gaden who has been a stalwart member of the club since its very beginning. Various toasts were given by Lion President Terry Burns and a response given by Councillor Neil O’Byrne on behalf of the guests which thanked the club for its valued contribution to the people and society of Wetherby.

A slideshow of photos from the evening is shown below

Hover your cursor over a picture to stop the slideshow


Here are some more photos taken in portrait format



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Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association

A few years ago a club member’s family relation was diagnosed with PSP. At the time the club very kindly made a donation to her local Branch of the Association.

The disease is a rare, destructive and very degenerative disorder which first takes away the ability to walk, talk and look after one’s-self and then finally one’s life.

The Association receives no financial assistance from Government and is reliant on donations to fund the much needed research projects which, hopefully, will lead to a cure.

In layman terms Progressive Supranuclear Palsy could be described as a variable cocktail of destructive diseases such as Parkinson’s, Motor-Neurone and Dementia, amongst others.  The average life span from diagnosis is less than 7 years.

She died of this disease on the 30th September last year.

Because we had made a donation to the Association at that time we received a further appeal letter two weeks ago.  By coincidence a member of the club’s Welfare Committee received a request from the wife of their friend and ex-neighbour to support the local Branch of the Association.  Her husband has been diagnosed with PSP and they receive well-being and care support from the Branch. It currently supports some 80 people living with Parkinson (around 60+) and PSP (around 20+).

The club therefore agreed to support the local branch of the PSP Association with a Charitable Donation of £500.00

Find out more about the PSP Association here.

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Mascot Gold Cup 2014

Mascot Gold Cup Jo in the parade ring

Jo Maltby, local Wetherby fundraiser and #wetherbyhour founder, at Wetherby Racecourse Mascot Gold Cup, the largest organised charity mascot race in the world !

Mascot Gold Cup Jo the Lion with her tea, well her son actually

She raised over £500.00 for Lions;

You can read more information about the event here http://www.sueryder.org/Get-involved/Events/All-events/2014/April/Register-for-the-Mascot-Gold-Cup-2014

You can still donate to Jo’s fundraising by clicking on this link

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The summit of personal commitment

Far from being a natural part of growing old Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.

In England 666,000 currently have Dementia.  In the next 40 years this is set to double and then increase to some 1.7 million by 2051.  One in three aged over 65yrs will develop Dementia.

One of the local care organisations supporting those living with Dementia is “Dementia Forward”. We have previously given them support, including a lightweight wheelchair to assist with their well-being activities.

Right now one of the care workers – Helen Bradley – is accompanying her husband David trekking through the Himalayas to the Base Camp of Mt Everest.

Helen has devoted her holiday allocation to this feat which will take her two weeks, plus another week making the return journey to the UK.

However, David will remain in the Himalayas for a further 9 weeks to make an assault on the summit of Mt Everest.

Helen and David are doing this to raise funds for Dementia Forward.

They have funded all the costs of this venture themselves and every penny raised by their Appeal will go towards the many support services provided by Dementia Forward to improve the quality of life of their clients and carers.

We consider that this is a wonderful personal sacrifice by Helen and David for a worthwhile cause.  We have therefore decided to support them – and hence Dementia Forward – with a Charitable Donation of £500.

Here’s how David describes the challenge:-

David Bradley Mount Everest Summit Challenge 2014 – About my fundraising

I am climbing Mount Everest in April/May 2014 and my wife Helen is trekking in to base camp with me. We are doing this to raise money for Dementia Forward – a young charity devoted to supporting those affected by Dementia. We hope to be able to look back on our adventures in later life but for many such memories are denied them by this devastating disease. Your donation does not finance this trip – every pound will go towards the many support services provided by Dementia Forward to improve the quality of life of their clients and carers. It doesn’t matter how little you donate – it all adds up and gives us another reason to persevere with our goal.

If you want to make a donation of your own click on this link

Dementia Forward

Mission Statement Our mission is to provide a local fully integrated service to people living with dementia, offering effective support to the individual and their carers and families throughout their illness.

Company Facts:  Dementia Forward is both a registered charity 1148225 governed by the Charity Commission and a company limited by guarantee 8010259 governed by Companies House.

Dementia Forward expedition Everest expedition for Dementia Forward Everest expedition for Dementia Forward


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Mums Coffee morning

There’s a Mums Coffee morning every Tuesday from 9:15 to 10:45 am at St Edwards Catholic Church, Chapel Lane, Boston Spa. Contact Katie Baldwin on 07711 369363 or Helen Garvey on 07711369838 for details or view the attached poster.

You can download and display it if you have a public area for community notices.

Download the Coffee Morning poster

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Virgin Money Giving app launched

Virgin Money Giving app launched

Virgin Money Giving have just launched a new App so you can keep track of your fundraising while you’re on the move.

Download it here for iPhone itunes.apple.com/gb/app/vm-giving/id842525501?mt=8 or Android play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.virginmoneygiving.android

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Local girl involved in Tanzania project

Joanna Diggle is a local girl from Wetherby currently attending Edinburgh University and this summer 2014 she is going out to Tanzania with 5 other student volunteers for 6 weeks to take part in the construction of a multi-purpose sports court alongside leading sports teaching and activities, English lessons and vocational training in a small town  called Usa River, 14 miles outside of Arusha.

This is through the organisation EGP (Edinburgh Global Partnerships) which is a registered  student-run Scottish charity that aims  to assist in community-led, sustainable development projects overseas. EGP has been running for over 22 years and has led projects in  countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Malawi, Zambia,  Nepal, Ghana and many more.

The reason Joanna and fellow students are going out to Tanzania is because the existing soil  grounds in the area can become unusable in poor weather conditions and  a new, proper concrete court would enable members of the community to  participate in sports activities throughout the year. They also plan to deliver and participate in sports programmes and English lessons as well as  providing vocational training to members in order to increase  employability for the young people involved who are all existing members of URYDO (Usa River Youth Development Organisation) and would receive countless benefits from the project. All of the volunteers involved chose this project specifically because sport is a large part of their lives. Each of them believe it can help   people in so many ways – even more so in a country like Tanzania where   poverty is a massive concern and for young people this can be just the  distraction from tough everyday life that they need.

They are hoping it will encourage more young people in the community to join URYDO and   the English and vocational training would largely increase employability for those who would otherwise not get the chance. They  have been in contact with their host out in Tanzania and know that the  young members of the community are so excited for the project and even  willing to get involved themselves in the construction in any way they  can, so Joanna  knows it will be massively appreciated by them.

Joanna wrote to us to enquire whether we could make a contribution towards the project to help hm reach their target of £7,080, 65% of which has already been raised and we responded with a donation of £200. If you wish to make a donation then follow this link – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=egptanzania&faId=392269&isTeam=false

Here are some photos of Joanna and her fellow students fundraising and meeting their local host Sam

Joanna and her fellow students meet Sam from Tanzania fundraising_02 fundraising_03

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36th Annual Lions Day with the United Nations

Lions UN Day

Politicians and representatives of Lions Clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland come together each year to celebrate an historic partnership between Lions and the United Nations.

Celebratory events being held in 2014 are:

  • Scotland:19 March, Holyrood House
  • England: 11 March, Palace of Westminster
  • Wales: 20 March, Senydd, Cardiff Bay
  • Ireland at Convention: 7-9 March, Wexford

The relationship between Lions Clubs International (LCI) and the UN began after the end of World War II.

On 24 October 1945 (UN Day), in San Francisco, US President Harry Truman, Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other world leaders signed the UN charter.

Lions Clubs International was already an established worldwide service organisation and so, Lions founder Melvin Jones, and Past International Presidents Fred W. Smith and D A Skeen, were asked to help develop a non-governmental organisation (NGO) charter for the new global organisation.

During the ensuing years, Lions and the UN have cooperated on many humanitarian ventures.


The relationship between LCI and UN has always been limited to humanitarian endeavours. LCI has no involvement in the political or security affairs of the UN, in keeping with its stated purpose.

The organisations have a shared motto:

“To create and foster a spirit of understanding amongst the people of the world “

Lions have provided aid and manpower for UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), WHO (World Health Organization), and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) projects.

In addition, each year, the Lions International President appoints representatives to UNICEF, WHO, UNESCO and ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council).

LCI supports the UN ideal of a world at peace.  Lions are encouraged to support and promote information about the UN, its humanitarian objectives and the work of its agencies – especially on UN Day (24 October) and when Lions and the UN celebrate the historic partnership each year.

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