Lions hand out cash to charities

PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 September 2012

Eric Tones, Jeanette Saunders, Chris Nelson, Graham Valentine and John Holland

Eric Tones, Jeanette Saunders, Chris Nelson, Graham Valentine and John Holland

John Holland

WESTON Lions Club has been busy handing out cash raised at its annual ale festival to charities across the region.

More than 14,000 pints of ale and cider were consumed over the three-day event in July, which raised more than £17,500 for various charities.

Members of the organisation have now been busy handing out proceeds raised.

Go Commando, the Taunton charity supporting the families of members of the Somerset-based 40 Commando Royal Marines unit received £5,000, with the money being put towards a play area for soldiers’ children and the refurbishment of the unit’s families centre.

Lions representatives also handed a cheque for £3,700 to bibic, a charity which offers practical help to families caring for children with conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome.

Festival organiser John Holland said: “We were overwhelmed by the support that the festival and race night received from Weston people and businesses.

“This has definitely been our best year yet and we will be hard pushed to beat it next year – although we will of course give it our best shot.”

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