Formed in 1973, the Meon Valley Lions Club is the local branch of an international group dedicated to supporting those in need in their local community. There are currently 26 male and female members from all walks of life, who volunteer their time and expertise to raise money for local individuals and groups in need. In addition they have given thousands of hours of their time freely to people and situations where manpower is needed rather than cash.
In a typical year the Lions raise around £15,000 to £20,000 through their barbeques, Christmas collections, fete stalls and other charity fund-raising activities. All the money raised goes directly to the causes they chose to support, because all administrative costs are covered by club subscriptions. 80% of the money that is spent goes into local projects and causes in the Meon Valley. Recently they have led various initiatives encompassing health, well-being, poverty and youth programmes supporting organisations such as Naomi House, Home Start, St Peter’s Youth Club Bishops Waltham, Rose Road Association, Rowans Hospice, Wickham Community Centre, Scouts and Guides and numerous other groups, charities and individuals.
In addition the club’s free community minibus has provided a regular weekly transport service to organisations including Swanmore Friday club, Carers-together and Wickham lunch club, covering over 5,000 miles in the process and completing over 1,200 passenger journeys.
If you need help, or know of a local group or individual who needs help and support, please contact us.
Also, if you’re looking to be more involved and give a little back to your local community, why not think about joining the Meon Valley Lions Club? We meet on the first Monday of every month at the New Place hotel and conference centre near Wickham. We’re a friendly bunch and in addition to our fund-raising activities, have a thriving social programme. Visit our website to find out more and maybe come along to one of our meetings or events to see what we’re all about.
Registered Charity No: 1103147