Santa’s Grotto Gives Gift to Charities

Henley Lions invited Father Christmas to Toad Hall for the four weekends in December where over 1100 excited children were able to meet him and to tell him personally what they were hoping to get for Christmas.  The biggest number of children ever since the Lions started it 10 years ago.

On Monday evening, Martyn Sheldrake and Lynn Burgess from Toad Hall presented Henley Lions President, Wendy Franklin with a cheque for £3330.  Wendy then presented two cheques of £1500 to the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children and Footsteps Foundation, a centre in Dorchester to treat children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders.

Nick Steel, Fundraising Trustee at the Chiltern Centre thanked the Lions, and Martyn and Lynn from Toad Hall for their generous donation, noting that this would be used to help running costs for the Centre, which exceed revenues from the service. He said, “The Centre continues to provide much needed respite care for children and young adults, and is strongly reliant on the local community to support this. The Lions have been long-term supporters of the Chiltern Centre, and we continue to be grateful for their generosity.”

Sarah Higgs from Footsteps added, “This is fantastic, we really appreciate the long-term support of the Henley Lions here at Footsteps Foundation. The money will go towards much-needed physiotherapy for disabled children in need. We rely on community support like this to help disabled children improve their mobility and have better life chances – a huge thanks to all involved.”



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