Horsham Lions Club and their supporters have worked extremely hard throughout December 2018 to ensure those in most need in our Horsham Community have an enjoyable Christmas.
To start with, and with the help of Horsham District Council, Saxon Weald and Safe Sussex, ( The Women’s Refuge) 58 of the most needy families living in Horsham were identified and provided with food parcels. These 58 families, which have a total of 141 members under the age of 16 years, were provided with suitable presents to brighten up their Christmas.
Horsham Lions Club also became aware, through Hilary Benham of West Sussex County Council, Leaving Care North Team had some 8 young people who had been in care for some, if not most, of their lives and had reached the age of 18, which means they became independent of the Social Care System. To provide these young people with a suitable send off into “The Big Wide World” Horsham Lions provided the funds to pay for a Christmas Lunch and Party, which took place on Saturday 1 December 2018, as well as a small present in the form of a Gift Card to purchase some warm clothing of their choice.
The Total Cost of These two projects was £3354.00, courtesy of Christmas & Santa Collections held between 2 and 24 December at various locations around Horsham.
The Collections started in the rain on Sunday evening, 2 December, with Father Christmas and his Horsham Lions Helpers in The Cedar Drive Area of Southwater and collections continued in the following manner: Sainsbury’s Store Horsham on 7 & 8 December, a Santa Collection in the Lemmington Way Area of North Horsham, starting at Bartholomew Way on 9 December. This was followed by collections at Newbridge Nurseries at Broadbridge Heath on 13 December, Waitrose Supermarket on 14 December, Newbridge Nursery’s on 20 December, Waitrose on 21 & 22 December and finally Tesco Super Store on Christmas Eve.
Throughout this period Horsham Lions Members and their volunteers spoke to numerous local Horsham people, who gave generous donations, and at the same time learnt more about the work Horsham Lions do in the Community and Globally. Of the money that Horsham Lions raise throughout the year, 80% is spent on local projects and the remainder is spent on national and global Lions Projects.
The total amount raised from the above collections throughout December 2018 is £4714.13.
At the time of going to press Horsham Lions is still awaiting the amounts raised through their Christmas Hamper Raffle, which is undertaken by 10 local pubs and businesses.
Lion President, Clare Wilson, said: “On behalf of Horsham Lions Members, our thanks to the generosity of the People of Horsham, which has meant that a significant number of the most needy in our Community have been helped and provided with a brighter Christmas as a result. Thanks must also be expressed to the organisations and businesses who have supported the Horsham Lions Christmas Appeals and lastly thanks to all Horsham Lions and their volunteers who have worked on all the service and fundraising projects. Everyone has have worked for the benefit of our Horsham Community”