Thorne Rural Lions was formed way back in 1970 when their first president was John Wardle the well known Yorkshire and international cricketer.
It is part of a much larger organisation Lions International which is the largest service organisation in the world covering 202 countries and having members in excess of 1.3 million.
These members work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world and participate in a vast variety of projects important to their local area.
Thorne Rural Lions covers the parishes of Thorne, Hatfield, Barnby Dun, Stainforth, Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall, Finningley, Auckley and Branton.
Our Ongoing projects are: –
Supporting work to end preventable blindness worldwide.
Message in a bottle. This provides the emergency services with a known location for essential information in the event of an accident or sudden illness of people living on their own. The Lions provide free of charge a container and form which contains all the necessary information. This is stored in the individual’s fridge. A sticker is also provided to be placed in a visible location near the main door. You can find these in your local chemist or Doctors Surgeries around Doncaster.
Collection of old glasses and hearing aids which are sent to the third world to be recycled. Over the last eight years we have already collected over 15,000 pairs of glasses which have been sent abroad.
Disabled Sports Day. Each August the Lions organise and run a fun sports day specifically for the disabled.
Disabled Party at Christmas.
Smile a While. The Lions provide transport and manpower to help run this worthwhile weekly event in Thorne.
Supporting Mencap, Marie Curie and Cancer Care.
Providing Christmas hampers to homes and centres.
Answering appeals from both individuals and groups. Each one is considered and acted upon appropriately.
To enable Thorne Lions to provide support fund raising is a necessary part of their work. This is done by:-
Santa’s sleigh. From the middle of November Thorne Rural Lions support Santa in his static sleigh which is at Lakeside each weekend. Also in December they accompany Santa on his road sleigh, details of which can be found on their website HYPERLINK “http://www.thornerurallions.org.uk” www.thornerurallions.org.uk
Hire of a marquee.
Casinos and Race Nights.
Christmas cakes and Easter eggs.
Attending local Galas.
All monies raised goes into a charity account and are mainly used in the local area. The running costs for the club are supplied by the Lions themselves and not from funds collected from the general public.
In the past Thorne Lions have provided support to many individuals and organisations including Firefly, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Thorne Sea Cadets, Mencap, Thorne Family Support Group, Scouts Cubs and Guides, Football teams, Local schools, and community halls.
Thorne Rural Lions meet on the second and fourth Monday each month at the Green Tree, Hatfield-Woodhouse.
They are always on the lookout for new members, so if you feel you would like to make a difference in your community by providing support locally or reaching out internationally give us a ring.
Contact can be made by either ringing our President Lion John Foster on 01302 7714151 or the secretary Lion Barry Goforth on 01302 853055.