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CHARITIES WE SUPPORT

Lions Clubs vision for Air Ambulance night flying in the South-East moves closer

Representatives from Lions Clubs across the south-east met at Redhill Aerodrome on Saturday 20th July to present their next major donation of £150,000 towards their target of £250,000 for the introduction of night flying operations.

Helicopter crew joined with Adrian Bell, CEO of the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, in demonstrating the new night flying crew helmets and night flying equipment.

In accepting this major donation, Adrian went on to say

“The Lions are amazing partners for the charity and have shown considerable fortitude, enthusiasm and imagination in raising this funding in just over a year. The equipment we are now able to purchase is an integral part of saving peoples lives and I cannot thank the Lions enough, they are outstanding.”

One of Lions objectives is to bring aid to those in distress, and we are delighted to partner with the charity as it works towards extending its service to cover both day and night. The Lions Club of Bexhill has donated in excess of £2,000 to the appeal.

According to the world health organisation 32,000,000 children worldwide suffer from a disabling hearing loss. The Total global production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of the requirement.

Bexhill Lions Club together with support from other local Lions Clubs has launched a new initiative to collect unwanted hearing aids, refurbish them and send to those in need around the world

Lions Used Hearing Equipment Programme deaf aware

The Lions involvement in helping those who are hearing impaired dates back to 2003. Now a national project, the Hearing Forum, provides training and talks to help improve deaf awareness.

One of the most effective ways Lions help people who have hearing loss or who are hard of hearing is through its hearing aid recycling program. In 2013 over 56,000 hearing aids were collected in the South East, processed and sent to over 40 different countries to enhance the lives of adults and children.

Bexhill Hearing Centre has supported this programme over a number of years. This has led to a new joint initiative with seven local Lions Clubs. Bexhill Hearing Centre will provide and place collecting boxes in towns stretching from Rye to Eastbourne, and the local Lions Clubs in those areas will collect the donated hearing aids and forward them for recycling. They are actively seeking outlets to hold the collecting boxes.

Oticon,the manufacturer of hearing solutions has donated 10,000 batteries. The newly refurbished hearing aids will then make their way around the world to support projects dedicated to assisting hearing impaired children and adults.

Bexhill Lions Club is involved in raising funds for good causes, organising events, providing support for individuals or groups, helping its partners and responding pro-actively wherever and whenever it can. Members live locally and understand the unique needs of the community.

Richard Winrow, Lions’ Zone Chairman – “We are delighted to be partnering with Bexhill Hearing Centre and Oticon to help those with hearing impairment. Many thousands of people will now enjoy hearing the Sounds of Life we take for granted, with many hearing for the first time in their lives.”

Matthew Hellier, Audiologist at Bexhill Hearing Centre commented “In 2012 I spent Christmas in Tanzania, Africa volunteering with a charity who supported homeless street children, providing health care, education, food and eventually homes. Whilst there I met a number of children and adults with disabling conditions which would be easily treated in the UK. I was lucky enough to fit some hearing aids and will always remember the face of an overjoyed young girl called Amini, who after being fitted with an old unwanted hearing aid, could for the first time hear her teacher at the front of the class; her education being what mattered most to her! Since then I have been looking for a project to help those who need it most; hopefully this will do just that.”

Bexhill Hearing Centre can be contacted on 01424733030 or visit their website www.BexhillHearingCentre.com

Key fundraising for this great cause has already started and we are proud to have raised over £600 for this great cause at our very successful Casino Night.

St. Nicholas Centre is the registered office of FSN a large Victorian building in central St. Leonards.

Totally committed to families in Hastings and Rother for over 70 years FSN has played a vital role in enhancing the quality of life of children and families in our communities, offering a range of services to help families by: finding pathways out of poverty; supporting parenting, children and young people through bereavement; young people with mental health issues, families under pressure, children’s development and learning; and supporting communities capacity building

The Centre has wheelchair access and a lift to all floors of the main building, and parking for service users displaying ‘disability badges’, plus drop-off/pick-up places for nursery parents/carers. Within the grounds of the Centre is St. Nick’s Nursery, St. Leonards Children’s Centre, a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and Dragonflies Remembrance Garden. St. Nicholas Centre is hub of activity with a footfall of over 30,000 annually.

If you would like to know more about FSN they can be contacted on 01424 423683 ext. 29 or email direct to:  cbrosnan@fsncharity.co.uk

FSN Registered Office: St. Nicholas Centre, 66 London Road, St. Leonards on Sea, TN37 6AS

Bexhill Lions Club are pleased to continue their support for SARA LEE TRUST.

Since opening in 1987 they have cared for more than 12,500 people with life limiting illnesses in the Hastings and Rother area.

“We are more than just a building. We believe that, as well as expert medical care, it is just as important to care for a person’s practical, social, spiritual and emotional needs too. We provide care, not only within the Hospice, but also in the community. Many of our patients are cared for at home with skilled nursing support or night sitting services and we also have a Day Therapy Centre which offers respite, good company and support. We offer an holistic approach to care, aiming to meet people’s individual needs”

Their services in the community and the Hospice are provided free of charge and with equal access to all in need. St Michael’s Hospice is grateful for the continued generosity of our community, without which they would not be able to provide care and support to local people.

You can contact us @ St Michael’s Hospice

25 Upper Maze Hill
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN38 0LB

Telephone: 01424 445177
Fax: 01424 456614

www.saraleetrust.org

Bexhill Lions Club are pleased to continue their support for St Michael’s Hospice.

Since opening in 1987 they have cared for more than 12,500 people with life limiting illnesses in the Hastings and Rother area.

“We are more than just a building. We believe that, as well as expert medical care, it is just as important to care for a person’s practical, social, spiritual and emotional needs too. We provide care, not only within the Hospice, but also in the community. Many of our patients are cared for at home with skilled nursing support or night sitting services and we also have a Day Therapy Centre which offers respite, good company and support. We offer an holistic approach to care, aiming to meet people’s individual needs”

Their services in the community and the Hospice are provided free of charge and with equal access to all in need. St Michael’s Hospice is grateful for the continued generosity of our community, without which they would not be able to provide care and support to local people.

You can contact St Michael’s Hospice at

25 Upper Maze Hill
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN38 0LB
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Telephone: 01424 445177
Fax: 01424 456614
info@stmichaelshospice.com

Their donation centre is located at

Warehouse, Drury Lane,
Ponswood Industrial Estate
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN38 9BA
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Telephone: 01424 728728

LCIF is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International. Clubs from around the world (46,000 in over 200 countries) donate to the fund which enables the Organisation to respond quickly to tragedies around the world as well as providing grant funding for local humanitarian effort.

LCIF helps Lions improve people’s lives around the world from combating vision problems to responding to major disasters. Over the past decade more than $100million has been provided for disaster relief programmes

LCIF also fights international health issues, such as measles. The Organisation is committed to raise $30million to protect tens of millions of children. The sum will be matched jointly by the Gates Foundation and the UK’s Department for International Development.

LCIF provides grants in four main focus areas; saving sight, serving youth, providing disaster relief and meeting humanitarian needs.

For more information visit: www.lcif.org

Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA)

This is the only charity in the world that solely raises funds for King’s College Hospital’s Haematology Department in London. With the support of LIBRA, King’s has become a leading national and international centre for the diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers.

Blood disorders and blood cancers affect people of all ages and with our help King’s College Hospital can provide patients with the best care and treatments available, ultimately saving more lives. Donations are used to cover the cost of ward and laboratory developments, along with state-of-the art equipment that is vital in the treatment process.

For more information or to make a donation visit: www.libralionscharity.org

NOW MORE THAN EVER… KINDNESS MATTERS

CONTACT BEXHILL LIONS – 0845 833 9591

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