£12k presented to Go Kids Go! winners

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:51 02 August 2018

Go Kids Go presentations at the Weston Lions' Beer and Cider Festival.

Go Kids Go presentations at the Weston Lions' Beer and Cider Festival.

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Thousands of pounds were handed out to 29 worthy sports teams and groups at this year’s Go Kids Go! presentation.

Weston Lions Club and the Mercury teamed up to launch Go Kids Go! for the sixth year in a row, with the help of a selection of local businesses who donated money to this year’s pot.

A total of £12,000 was handed out at this year’s presentation at the Lions’ real ale and cider festival on the Beach Lawns last weekend, with groups turning out in numbers to receive their cheque and find out how much they had been awarded.

Lion Malcolm Timmis said the project had been a ‘great success once again’ after 43 applications were received.

He added: “Twenty nine awards were given to sporting, theatrical and community groups.

Weston Mayor Cllr Mike Lyall presenting £250 to Hornets Junior Rugby Club.Weston Mayor Cllr Mike Lyall presenting £250 to Hornets Junior Rugby Club.

“We felt children were becoming less active and, more worringly, isolated by playing on tablets and computer games.

“The Lions knew if we could help those organisations who help the youngsters, this would be very worthwhile.

“These groups can now better help young people to become, and stay, more physically and socially active.

“When we saw all those youngsters at the presentations, filling the huge marquee on the Beach Lawns, we knew we were doing the right thing.”

Weston Mayor Cllr Mike Lyall presenting £500 to Weston Junior Rugby Club.Weston Mayor Cllr Mike Lyall presenting £500 to Weston Junior Rugby Club.

All but three of the winners were able to attend the presentation with some bringing as many as 20 children to collect the cheque and pose for a picture.

The three who could not make the presentation included XTND Improving Futures who received £500 to replace old gym mats, Lympsham Preschool who were handed £150 for exercise equipment and Spectrum Drama Group were given £500 to purchase a sound system.

The money presented will be spent on new kit and equipment, much-needed repairs to venues as well as to fund running tracks and sports halls.

Mr Timmis added: “We can only achieve what we do because the very generous business people of the town see the value and back the project with their sponsorship.

Cllr Joss Holder presenting £250 to Weston Tennis Club.Cllr Joss Holder presenting £250 to Weston Tennis Club.

“Some, like the Grand Pier, Mead Group, and Howard Motors have been with us since the start, others, like A-Squared Technologies are new this year but we have to thank all the business community for their help and support.”

The Lions have now given away £60,000 to the different groups, sports teams and organisations and invite businesses to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ to help give away to even more groups next year.

Cllr Joss Holder presenting £500 to 2nd Locking Brownies, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Cllr Joss Holder presenting £500 to 2nd Locking Brownies, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Cllr Joss Holder presenting £500 to Weston Town Junior Football Club, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Cllr Joss Holder presenting £500 to Weston Town Junior Football Club, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Weston Mercury reporter Ellie Young presenting £150 to 24th Weston-s-Mare Guides.Weston Mercury reporter Ellie Young presenting £150 to 24th Weston-s-Mare Guides.

Weston Mercury reporter Ellie Young presenting £250 to 290(Weston-s-Mare) Squadron ATC.Weston Mercury reporter Ellie Young presenting £250 to 290(Weston-s-Mare) Squadron ATC.

Weston Mercury reporter Ellie Young presenting £200 to Worle Village Junior Football Club, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Weston Mercury reporter Ellie Young presenting £200 to Worle Village Junior Football Club, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Jessie Hawkes from the Grand Pier presenting £310 to St Nicholas Church Preschool, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Jessie Hawkes from the Grand Pier presenting £310 to St Nicholas Church Preschool, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Jessie Hawkes from the Grand Pier presenting £250 to Spectrum Musical Theatre Group, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Jessie Hawkes from the Grand Pier presenting £250 to Spectrum Musical Theatre Group, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Jessie Hawkes from the Grand Pier presenting £2000 to Westhaven School.Jessie Hawkes from the Grand Pier presenting £2000 to Westhaven School.

Jessie Hawkes from the Grand Pier presenting £500 to Our Way Our Say, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Jessie Hawkes from the Grand Pier presenting £500 to Our Way Our Say, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Cllr Richard Nightingale presenting £250 to Hornets Rugby Girls under 13s/15s.Cllr Richard Nightingale presenting £250 to Hornets Rugby Girls under 13s/15s.

Cllr Richard Nightingale presenting £200 to 1st Banwell Scout Group, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Cllr Richard Nightingale presenting £200 to 1st Banwell Scout Group, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Cllr Richard Nightingale presenting £300 to 1st Locking Scout Group, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Cllr Richard Nightingale presenting £300 to 1st Locking Scout Group, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Weston Lions President John Holland presenting £500 to 4th Worle Guides.Weston Lions President John Holland presenting £500 to 4th Worle Guides.

Weston Lions President John Holland presenting £500 to Worlebury St Pauls Primary School.Weston Lions President John Holland presenting £500 to Worlebury St Pauls Primary School.

Grace Smith from the Mead Group presenting £350 to Kewstoke Primary School.Grace Smith from the Mead Group presenting £350 to Kewstoke Primary School.

Grace Smith from the Mead Group presenting £200 to 1st Ashcombe Beaver Scouts, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Grace Smith from the Mead Group presenting £200 to 1st Ashcombe Beaver Scouts, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Tracey Garrett from McDonalds presenting £300 to Priory Junior Football Club.Tracey Garrett from McDonalds presenting £300 to Priory Junior Football Club.

Tracey Garrett from McDonalds presenting £150 to 1st Ashcombe Cub Scouts, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Tracey Garrett from McDonalds presenting £150 to 1st Ashcombe Cub Scouts, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Tracey Garrett from McDonalds presenting £400 to Uphill Primary School, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Tracey Garrett from McDonalds presenting £400 to Uphill Primary School, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Kate Back from 'A-Squared Technologies Ltd.' presenting £90 to 1st Ashcombe Scout Group.Kate Back from 'A-Squared Technologies Ltd.' presenting £90 to 1st Ashcombe Scout Group.

Kate Back from 'A-Squared Technologies Ltd.' presenting £1000 to Weston Aerobic Gymnastics Club, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Kate Back from 'A-Squared Technologies Ltd.' presenting £1000 to Weston Aerobic Gymnastics Club, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Kate Back from 'A-Squared Technologies Ltd.' presenting £200 to Priory Pumas under 8s Football Club, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.Kate Back from 'A-Squared Technologies Ltd.' presenting £200 to Priory Pumas under 8s Football Club, with presenter Lion Tim Lloyd.

Go Kids Go presentations at the Weston Lions' Beer and Cider Festival.Go Kids Go presentations at the Weston Lions' Beer and Cider Festival.

Weston Mayor Cllr Mike Lyall presenting £1000 to Castle Batch Primary School.Weston Mayor Cllr Mike Lyall presenting £1000 to Castle Batch Primary School.

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