Uckfield Lions give their share

Uckfield Lions were looking forward to a break from fundraising now that Christmas is over, but say the pressure is now on to gear up for another season.

Their finance committee chairman is organising giant Easter egg raffles in local pubs. He says that for a ‘very small sum’ people can buy the Lions’ ‘extra large super de-luxe’ chocolate eggs while enjoying a quiet drink. Plans are already in place for Lions Day on Sunday, June 1 in Luxford Field where area events have been laid on and pitches are being booked.

Renovations to Bridge Cottage later this spring mean Lions must leave and they are now moving into new premises in Olives Yard.

A spokesman said that last year support was given to more than 45 different projects including international efforts to fight blindness and disaster relief in the developing world.

They also expect requests for flood relief, an issue being dealt with by the national organisation.

Support was given to the All Weather Pitch, Chailey Heritage, Care for the Carers, Hospice for the Weald, PHAB, Sussex Air Ambulance, Sussex Cancer Care, Uckfield Girl Guides, and the Uckfield Preservation Society.

A total of £33,795 went to support vital work by including £7,289 to the Uckfield Preservation Society for the use of Bridge Cottage as the Lions’ Bookshop.

Others include Lions’ Youth, Sight, and Eyecamp Funds, Parkinson’s Society, 4th Uckfield Scouts, Active for All, Philippines Appeal, Poppy Appeal, Rhyl Lions, Salvation Army Homeless Appeal, Children with Cancer, CRY, Shoebox Appeal, WRAS, Starfish Project, Fire Brigade Benevolent Fund, St John Ambulance, First Responders, St Peter & St James Hospice, St Thomas School, Housebound Club, Uckfield FM, Luxford Day Centre, Medic Alert, MS Society, Uckfield Performance Band, Music for the Deaf, Uckfield Theatre Guild, Oliver Cooper, Wealden Talking News and Operation Florian.