Yeo Valley Lions gives thousands to charities

The organisations who have benefitted from the Yeo Valley Lions' hard work this year. Picture: Yeo V

The organisations who have benefitted from the Yeo Valley Lions' hard work this year. Picture: Yeo Valley Lions - Credit: Yeo Valley Lions

Lucky charities and schools have received vital funds thanks to the endeavours of Yeo Valley Lions.

The club each year hands out thousands to worthy causes and again this autumn it has dished out money at its presentation evening.

The Lions gave out more than £8,000 to 14 organisations at the event, which was again held at Claverham Village Hall.

A Lions spokesman said the presentation night was hugely successful.

He said: “A total of £8,100 was presented to eight charities and six schools by Yeo Valley Lions Club at our annual presentation evening.

“Introducing the evening, president Geoff Bland welcomed representatives from the various organisations, confirming that the funds being distributed were the proceeds of the 50-50 Strawberry Lion Walk and the Claverham Beer Festival, both held earlier in the year.

“With an emphasis by Lions on supporting youth work in the community Yatton infant and junior schools, together with primary schools at Congresbury, Claverham, Churchill and Wrington each received £150 for library book purchases.”

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The Lions main fundraiser was the 50-50 walk along the Strawberry Line in Yatton. In May, almost 100 hikers walked part of the trail and the sponsorship they raised was split between the Lions and a charity of their choice.

The three-day beer festival was held in July and saw people enjoy a variety of local ales.

The following charities received cash this year.

* Penny Brohn UK, £2,000. To provide services for those who have received a cancer diagnosis.

* Young Minds, £1,000. A charity which supports young people with mental health issues.

* Sense, £500. To help those with communication challenges including deafness and sight problems.

* NACOA, £500. A charity supporting children where adults in the household have an alcohol problem.

* Ups and Downs SW, £500. To support families who have a child with Down’s Syndrome.

* Young Adult Carers, £500. To provide young carers, particularly with respite and downtime sessions.

* Cintre, £500. Provides residential and community services to support adults with a variety of challenging conditions and behaviours.

* Springboard Opportunity Group, £1,700. The nominated charity for the 50-50 walk which provides day care in Clevedon and Weston for children with special needs.

Yeo Valley Lions will next year be celebrating its 50th year and Mr Bland promised it will continue to help the community.