Every year Eastleigh Lions invite local charities to put in a bid for one of our three Community Chest grants. This year we increased the prize fund to £1000 with the winning bid securing £500, second £300 and the third £200. In the first instance the charities submitted written statements from which three finalists were selected.
At our May meeting the three charities gave a ten minute presentation to our members rather like the ‘Dragon’s Den’ although in our case it was the ‘Lion’s Den’! The members then voted on the merits of the causes and put them in order of preference.
The outcome was that the Sensory4All charity based at the Pavilion on the Park won the grant of £500 following an entertaining presentation which involved some of our members being deprived of certain senses to simulate the challenges encountered by their beneficiaries.
Second prize was allocated to the North Stoneham Scout Group who as one of the nations newest groups were hoping to provide their youngsters with vital training equipment that would help set them up for the future.
Third place went to the Eastleigh Bereavement Services wanting to use the grant for the hardship fund which is used to help adults gain access to low-cost counselling.
The first place cheque was presented to Sensory4All at the Pavilion and Lion President Mark was treated to a demonstration of some of the sensory facilities and equipment. See their website for more information. https://www.sensory4all.org/
On Monday evening, Lion Devan and Lion President Mark presented the cheque to North Stoneham Scout Group at their temporary headquarters at the YMCA building, following their Cubs meeting. To read more click here
At our July member’s meeting a representative of EBS Counselling Services was presented with the third of our Community Chest cheques and told us a little about their support service. This was our new President Eric’s first official duty in a very full evening. Click here for more details.