An appeal by a hospice in Doncaster for help with a project has proved a roaring success, thanks to the Thorne Rural Lions.
St John’s Hospice in Balby received a donation of teddy bears from Thorne Rural Lions towards a project that helps youngsters cope with loss and grief.
Suzanne Prime, a member of the Lions, organised a teddy bear donation with the Lions buying £100 worth of bears and other members making bear donations.
In total the Lions donated fourty-six bears, which are used by hospice staff as part of their Teddy Bear project. Young people visiting loved ones at the hospice are allowed to pick a teddy bear to help them cope with their loss and grief.
Suzanne said: “I think that when children have to cope with a relative’s end of life at a young age it’s not nice and there should be something special for them. I was overwhelmed when I found out about the teddy bear appeal and thank everyone for their donations.”
Lindsey Richards, of the hospice, said: “What a fantastic donation. I want to thank the Lions for their ongoing support to our hospice.”
Pictured are members of the Thorne Rural Lions together with hospice volunteer, Elizabeth Taylor (back, second left) and Lindsey Richards, of the hospice (back, third left).
**Thorne Rural Lions host their annual sports and fun day for people with disabilities or special need this Saturday, 4 August.
The games have run for 38 years with various Lions clubs attending and helping out. All participants receive a medal, with some also getting trophies.
Football, Splat the Rat, Sponge Javelin, shot put, darts, face painting, archery and fencing are among this years games and attractions.
District officer, Lion Auriol Henton, said: “Everyone has a great day and the pleasure on their faces makes it all worthwhile.”
The free event takes place at Sandall Park, Wheatley. Registration is from 10.30am and the event opens at 11.30am.