Listed below are a few recent examples of Lions at work in your community. These are by no means comprehensive, as many are private individuals and we would not wish to publish their names. Often relatively small amounts can make a significant difference to Farnham families lives. Such an example we received in November 2016 by way of a contact through this website and we thank Mrs S for her kind words and are delighted to have helped:
"I would like to thank the Farnham Lions for the support they have given me with regards my my little ones nursery fees and for the bus pass they have provided for my elder son. Without this help my life would be even more difficult than it is already is, and they have helped remove the relentless pressure of money worries. The Lions have helped me more this last year than my own family or the family of my children, so for this I am eternally grateful. Thank you so much Farnham Lions." Mrs S. (name and address supplied)
Examples of other organisations that we support to help our local community:
Surrey Young Carers
Surrey Young Carers is an organisation providing support for careers across Surrey. There are around 250 young carers aged between 5 and 18 years old in the Farnham area alone. Farnham lions have funded a course which was held in July 2015 to help about 20 such young carers from Farnham who are living with families where mental health problems are an issue, either with a sibling or a parent. The course will provide support and advice to help these young people cope with the situation in which they find themselves. The course took place at the Farnham Conservative Club in the centre of the town, after an initial visit to the Ceramics Cafe in Downing Street Farnham, where all of the young people were able to create their own piece of ceramic artwork. We are most grateful to the Conservative Club for its generous support in helping to run the course at their club premises afterwards and were delighted to hear from both the staff and young people who attended that the day was great success. Pictured below during the break for lunch, are Lion Barbara Wright, Lion President Simon, Trudy Waite (Young People Support Co-ordinator at Surrey Young carers, and Lion Graham Day.
Surrey Young Carer Workshop - July 2015
Tilford Environmental Play Scheme - Forest Fun Day
For a number of years Farnham Lions have been delighted to help the Tilford Environmental Playscheme by providing funding for a Ranger or Fun Day for a number of years, and 2015 was no different. 30th July saw Lion President Simon Moran-Smith and a number of Lions visit the campsite in the woods at Tilford to see the children at their campsite. Caroline Adam, of the play scheme, was on hand to make sure the Lions didn't get too comfy in their camp making the Dragons Brew and their wooden snails!
In 2001 Farnham Lions provided Lionheart, a safety boat for Sailability, the sailing club at Frensham Ponds for sailors with disabilities. 14 seasons later and with over 1000 outings providing a safety net for the disabled sailors, Lionheart has been pensioned off as it is nearing the end of its useful life. Consequently Farnham Lions have replaced the original safety boat with Lionheart 2. Pictured below is the official launch on 30 April 2015 in time for the start of the new season. The new boat is a Rigiflex Nematic 400, which to quote the team at Sailability is the latest in design for safety vessels and a huge leap forward from Lionheart. We wish it a long life in service for Sailability at Frensham Pond and hope that it never really has to roar to anyones saviour.
Farnham Boxing Club
Farnham Lions are proud to have helped with an initiative by the youth services of St Thomas on the Bourne to set up a boxing club in the Brambleton Hall. Lions’ financial contribution helped with the provision of safety equipment in the form of protective headguards for the youngsters training at the Boxing Club. We are pleased to see that the Boxing Club is going from strength to strength and is meeting a need for young people in Farnham. If your interested in knowing more go to the boxing clubs website at http://www.farnhamboxing.com/
Schools Art Exhibition
Lions have agreed to fund the prizes for the 2015 Schools Art Exhibition which will be held later this year at the Performing Arts Centre at Frensham Heights School. Details to follow in due course.