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Lions President Mark Lockie hands over two Laptop computers to REFRESH Co-ordinator the Rev'd Anni Douglas. In accepting the computers Rev'd  Douglas said "REFRESH, (the Churches of Weymouth and Portland in action) have a lot of projects working in the community, from Street Pastors, Soul Food, Food Banks, Children and Youth work, CAP (Christians Against Poverty) money courses and Debt Counselling and the latest venture is the launch of a CAP Job Club, starting in March under the excellent leadership of Kay Pither and her team.   The three team members are going for training in Bradford...


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Ryan (L) receives his Membership Certificate from Lion President Mark Lockie with Ryan's sponsor, Roger Hogbin in the centre. Ryan, a Weymouth & Portland Councilor, is welcomed into the club by Lions President Mark Lockie. Ryan has a wealth of experience in Event Management being the current Chairman of Weymouth Carnival Committee and has also been involved in community projects and charity work from the age of 16.


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Lion President Mark Lockie welcomes Lion Rene Wilkinson Rene Wilkinson was previously a member of Bridgnorth Lions Club for almost 12 years during which he had been secretary on two occasions, minute secretary for most of the time and also chaired the fund raising and admin & social social committees several times. Rene said "Lesley and myself have had links to Weymouth for several years now through the Dorset Expeditionary Society having visited Kenya three times and Nepal twice with them. I am a retired lecturer and my main interests now are walking, travelling and caravanning".


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Several thousand people lined Weymouth Harbour on Christmas morning to watch the annual harbour swim, organised by Weymouth & Portland Lions Club. 336 swimmers took to the water raising over £23,000 between them for a whole host of national and local charities, and we understand that there is more to come from online donation sites which are not included here. Swimmers came from far and wide including a couple from Germany and a lady from Abu Dhabi. With grateful thanks to our sponsors - Basepoint Weymouth Beneficiaries of the sponsorship are: Forget me not Suite DCH, RNLI, Dorset E...

The Lions and The Mayor’s Fund provide some good cheer!

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L to R in picture – Lion Howard Legg (Mayors’ Fund Administrator) , Jenny Wood (Sainsbury), Cathy Parnell (First Point Dorset, The YOU Trust), Lion John Cake. Weymouth & Portland Lions Club and The Mayor’s Fund have donated festive groceries to the value of £900 (£600 from Lions and £300 from the Mayor’s Fund) to ‘The YOU Trust’, administered by ‘First Point’, which provides help and guidance for vulnerable people. The groceries will be distributed to those in need in time for Christmas which will bring some cheer into their lives at this festive time. Lions, and the Mayor’s Fund, alway...


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Weymouth & Portland Lions have donated £500 to ‘The Will Mackaness Trust’ to help fund their swimming lesson project. Brian Willett , Chairman of The Will Mackaness Trust says ' The Trustees are delighted to receive such a generous donation from the Weymouth and Portland Lions Club , which will enable us to fund swimming lessons for more young people from the area '. Pam Govier , Trustee and founder says ' The Will Mackaness Trust was established to get young people from the area to participate in water based activities , such as sailing and wind surfing . We then identified a ne...


Echo Toy Appeal
Les Board, President of Weymouth & Portland Lions Club, said this would be the 7th year Lions have donated to the Echo Toy Appeal. We like to help local good causes and the Toy Appeal definitely falls into this category. All children deserve a good Christmas and it is important that the less fortunate ones don’t miss out. We know that toy donations mainly go to younger children but the cash donations are equally important as they help buy presents for the older children.

Lions donate £500 to ‘Winter Blankets For Child Refugees’ Appeal

Iraq, February 2014.  Hakim and Amira wrapped up in blanked inside the family tent in the Domiz refugee camp in Northern Iraq.
(children's names have been changed)

Notes from the field:

We saw a small boy (Hakim, 3 – name changed) peeping out of a worn tent. Inside, we met his mother (Fatema) and younger sister, along with a pregnant family friend. The two women are friends and neighbours in the camp. They have been in Domiz for a year.

o	Life in the camp: They were worried about the condition of their tents. The most afraid of the storms in Domiz because their tent won’t withstand it. They said they were “worried, lonely, cold, tired and a bit fed up because there were things like no nappies”. Being pregnant in the camp is difficult and the pregnant mother isn’t having regular check-ups. They said the water provision was really good and that they had enough (UNICEF) blankets. They have been getting clean water and that was good.

o	Leaving Syria: The families left Syria because their husbands were being threatened with conscription and joining the military. Their husbands left Syria urgently. The pregnant mother’s husband had to go without her or the children, leaving her to follow, with her little boy and only the items she could get on the donkey. Hakim’s family walked for three hours in the Winter to escape (at the time Hakim was 2 years old and his sister was just 5 months).

o	Life in Syria was terrifying. They talked about the explosions and about seeing men who had been slaughtered. Some of their friends had family members, where they had been slaughtered and then the family had been sent a video afterwards. There were also incidences of kidnapping of women as well. 

o	In Hakim’s home in Syria they had planted onions and enjoyed eating them – they can’t do this any more. The children didn't understand anything that was happening in Syria, but they were still very frightened by the noises. They talked about how husbands would go out
Winter Blankets For Child Refugees We have donated to this appeal and now ask you to help us cover the cost of UNICEF blankets for refugee children so that they are protected against the winter cold. Each Therman blanket costs just £5. Many refugee children are living in makeshift shelters without adequate clothing or protection from the cold, leaving them at risk of hypothermia, pneumonia and other deadly diseases. Many displaced families were forced to flee from their homes with just the clothes on their backs so they don't have the protection to withstand the harsh winter. Your dona...