THE Lions Club of Rutland had a record-breaking year in 2011, with more money and goods raised than ever before.
The Lions collect money throughout the year to give back to groups and charities in the county and internationally. They also collect food at Christmas to distribute to the elderly and those in need.
Last year they collected £15,250 in donations, a significant increase on previous years.
The money is collected through a number of events including an Easter egg competition, Dine for the Lions, a firework display in Oakham and a Father Christmas tour of Oakham and Uppingham in December.
On top of that they collected Christmas food items worth about £7,500 at supermarkets in Uppingham and Oakham and more than 300 parcels were distributed across the county as a result.
The Lions often have one project in particular that they like to raise money for and last year it was junior sport.
By working with Rutland County Council and the Local Sports Alliance, more than £5,000 was donated to local junior sports clubs, providing kit, and training courses.
They also gave a contribution to Cottesmore Football Club under 18s toward the reinstatement of their floodlights. The team has not been able to play since a fire at the clubhouse in July last year damaged the electrical router for the lights.
Donations totalling more than £8,500 were made to a range of Rutland groups and individuals, including the purchase of two lightweight wheelchairs for a brother and sister who both suffer from Friedrich’s Ataxia, and the purchase of a mobility scooter which was donated to Voluntary Action Rutland, enabling them to provide a previously housebound lady, a substantial degree of independence.
Finally, just under £1,600 was donated to Lions International for national and international causes, including £1,000 in aid of the Japan tsunami.
Spokesman for the Lions Club of Rutland Allan Grey said: “Rutland Lions would like to thank everyone who has contributed in any way, either by attending the fireworks, dropping money into one of our collection tins, donating food items, or in any other way.
“The Lions would particularly like to thank all the Rutland pubs and restaurants that either hosted Easter eggs or offered sponsored meals as part of Dine for the Lions.
“Without your help we would not be able to continue to help and support people in need in Rutland and beyond.”