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‘Ecstatic’ groups collect Go Kids Go! grants at Lions’ best-ever festival

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:05 05 August 2016

The Weston Lion's Club 'Go Kids Go!' presentations.

The Weston Lion's Club 'Go Kids Go!' presentations.

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There were dozens of smiling faces in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend as groups from across the area descended on the town’s Beach Lawns to collect their Go Kids Go! grants.

Lions Real Ale Festival. Lions Real Ale Festival.

The amounts handed out to worthy causes ranged from £200 to £1,000 and 31 groups received a share of this year’s £12,000 prize pot.

Go Kids Go! was set up by the Mercury and the Weston Lions Club in 2012 and awards cash grants every year to projects from across Weston which promote activity and healthy behaviour in young people.

This year’s winners ranged from football and rugby teams to scouting and girlguiding groups, arts festivals and after-school clubs.

The successful organisations collected their prize money at a presentation on Sunday, which was held at the Lions’ annual real ale and cider festival on the Beach Lawns.

Lions Real Ale Festival. Lions Real Ale Festival.

Lions member and Go Kids Go! organiser Malcolm Timmis said: “It was a wonderful day and it was so lovely to see all these happy young people.

“It has just been brilliant.”

Representatives from each of this year’s sponsors – the Lions club, the Mercury, the Grand Pier, Lambtrad, Hobbs and Webb, Weston Town Council, Weston College, Howards Group, the Mead Group, Nightingales and Crosville – handed out the cheques to the winning groups.

One of the winning groups was the Axe District Scout Council and Weston Division Girlguiding’s bi-annual gang show, which will take place at The Playhouse in March.

Show secretary Trish Sedley-Jones said: “We are absolutely ecstatic. Any amount was welcomed and we now know we can buy the costumes or the make-up.

“It will go a long way to help with the production of the show and we are just delighted.”

The presentation took place on the final day of the Lions’ ever-popular beer festival, which raises thousands of pounds each year for good causes.

Organiser and Lions member Chris Nelson said he expected 
this year’s event, which officially opened on Friday after a race night on Thursday, to raise more than £50,000.

Mr Nelson said: “I think it is the most successful festival we have ever had.

“We have had so many compliments about how many people have enjoyed it and how much effort has gone into it. It has been a pleasure to run it.

“It takes six months to organise and yet everything is worthwhile when you have such happy people around, who really enjoy it year on year.”

* Pick up a copy of this week’s Mercury to find out which groups won grants.

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