Henley Lions presented cheques to the value of £4,000 at Toad Hall yesterday which was the proceeds from their Santa’s Grotto at the garden centre. The money raised has been split between the Footsteps Foundation and First Days Children’s Charity.
John Moore, Public Relations Officer for Henley Lions said, “This is a terrific opportunity to help these two organisations who we hope can benefit from the money donated. Toad Hall’s Martin Sheldrake and Lynn Burgess have been integral to the success of the Henley Lions fundraising and set a new record of 1,187 children visiting their Christmas Grotto last month.” Lynn Burgess added, “It has been such a great success, we are very proud to break the record and continue supporting the Henley Lions.”
First Days Children’s Charity aims to reduce long term effect of poverty on children by equipping them with the essential items they need for their early years and at school. Anna Murphy, Project Leader for First Days said, “We are so happy and grateful to the Lions for this donation, we have some special projects on the way and this is a huge help to us and the children.”
The Lions second beneficiary, Footsteps Foundation provide financial support to improve the quality of life for children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. Maggie Davies, Manager of Footsteps said, “We are over the moon with this donation, we have worked with Henley Lions for years and will continue to do so after all their hard work.”
2019 was another successful year for the Lions and they wish to continue in the same vein this year.