Members met at the Marine Hotel in Tankerton for this month’s business meeting. Members were delighted to hear of the success of the Sunday morning boot fairs at the new location in Herne Bay Memorial Park, and the progress of plans for Whitstable Regatta, to be held on July 12 -13. Christine Ward, chairman of the community services committee, reported on the ‘Meet the Lions’ evening held at All Saints Church Hall, Whitstable. People who had received a donation from the Lions in the past 12 months were welcomed, and following refreshments, given the opportunity to say a little about their organisation and the ways they had been able to use the donations. Amongst them were representatives from the Herne Bay and Whitstable Umbrella Centres, Hi Kent, Epilepsy Here, Whitstable Stroke Club, Autism Youth group, Whitstable and Herne Bay Foodbank, East Kent Voluntary Action Support, The Avenue Nursery School, COPO, Strode Park, The Royal British Legion and the Red Wheelies. The Red Wheelies thanked the Lions for their support, which had enabled them to participate in a wide range of events, amongst which was an appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, where Simon Cowell gave them one of the three ‘Yes’ votes.
The Mike Medlen Youth Award was also presented that night. Mike had been a Lion for nearly 25 years and had always been a great supporter of young people. His widow, Yvonne, chose Joshua Taylor as the recipient of the award this year. The Lions first supported Joshua two years ag when he was given a donation towards trainers and other equipment. He was a keen goalkeeper and then found he could run. He joined Invicta Athletics Club and in his first season broke the UK record for 100m for his classification as a disabled athlete. In his second he took part in the test events for the Olympics and is now a hopeful for the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016. He lives in Seasalter and attends St Anselm’s school in Canterbury. He has already received a number of awards including the Spirit of Try Angle.
Several more donations were made, one to Strode Park towards the new hydrotherapy pool and another of reflective high visibility jackets for the children of the Avenue Nursery, to enable them to undertake journeys in safety. Organiser Christine Ward had praised everyone for their efforts and drew their attention to the Lion’s, commitment to the local community, saying
“If you know of anyone who needs our help, ask them to contact me on 01227 771068. We can’t promise help in every situation, but we’ll always do the best we can”.
Herne Bay Gazette, June 19th 2014