Local organisations benefit from Reepham Lions support

Two local organisations benefited from donations from Reepham Lions at the end of 2019.

Left to right: Roger Bassham of Norfolk & Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group; Barry Howes, vice president of Reepham Lions; and Peter Fitzjohn, organiser of the Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival. Photo: submitted

The Norfolk & Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group was set up to: improve awareness of prostate cancer among men at risk; provide essential information on all aspects of the disease and its effects; and help in improving diagnostic/treatment procedures within the area; and to give an opportunity for patients and carers to support each other, which is not always fully provided by the medical professions or other agencies.
Following Reepham Lions raffle at this year’s Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival, £200 has been donated to this organisation.
The Norwich & District Group Riding for the Disabled Association gives children with physical or behavioural needs the opportunity to go riding on a weekly basis. A hippo therapy service (physiotherapy using the horse as a treatment method – unique in Norfolk) is also offered for more extremely physically challenged children.
Although the group is under the umbrella of the national organisation, each group is an individual charity and must fund raise itself. Eighteen children ride weekly during term time with the group run by volunteers.
Reepham Lions has donated £100 for the purchase of a specialised roller with handles that helps with balance and core strength and will benefit several children who attend the scheme.
The roller is a progression point between having no sitting balance, relying on a foam wedge for support, and the development of independent balance reaction and the ability to hold reins.
You may recall that Reepham Lions launched the Message in a Bottle scheme earlier this year. This has now been rolled out to both doctors’ surgeries in Aylsham as well as Reepham. Thanks to Lion Liz Gaymer, who ensures the supplies are kept topped up.
Reepham Lions are not meeting in December, so the next meeting will be at 7.30 pm on Thursday 9 January in St Michael’s, Reepham (this is a week later than usual because of New Year).
The group usually meets on the first Thursday of the month. Members start to arrive at 7 pm, when they are able to join with others for a cup of tea before the meeting starts.
For more information about Reepham Lions and its work supporting local good causes, please visit the website or come along to one of the meetings and find out what Lions is all about – new members always welcome.
Thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in 2020.
Liz Howes

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