Lowestoft Lions again help to make the
Christmas
Magic Happen

Almost as traditional as mince pies and mulled wine, Lowestoft Lions have been bringing seasonal joy to their community for many years
Their Christmas festive preparations start at the beginning of December with a Hamper draw. Lions members spent three days in Morrison’s Superstore in Tower Road, Pakefield offering shoppers a chance to win one of three large hampers or two store gift vouchers as prizes in a raffle. The proceeds funded 60 Christmas grocery hampers for needy families and individuals.
Organisers Lion Trevor Waters and Derek Howe expressed his thanks to Morrison’s management team of Richard Havingham, Janette Green and Sheryl Rumble and to their shoppers for supporting the draw and helping with their seasonal fundraising.

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Lowestoft Lions Santa’s sleigh has become a familiar annual sight in the weeks before Christmas, parked at supermarkets and shopping centres around town and this year was no different. Santa has been on his traditional transport complete with reindeer figures meeting shoppers and listening to children’s Christmas gift wishes. Lowestoft Lions club members are all volunteers and they fundraise for the local community and this year spent 13 days at local supermarkets.Lions’ president Derek Ward said, “the sleigh attracts a lot of attention from shoppers and the reaction on their children’s faces is a delight to see. We will use monies raised from the sleigh collections to help less fortunate people as well as deserving causes.”

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In this season of goodwill Lowestoft Lions have again responded to the needs of others by providing food parcels. They were kept busy filling 60 hampers with festive food destined to bring cheer to individuals and families. Over £1000 worth of groceries were bought using the proceeds of fundraising to fill the hampers. These were delivered to deserving elderly people, to families and individuals that have been referred to us and to a group of grateful young mothers in supported accommodation. Each hamper includes a Christmas pudding and cake, biscuits, tins of soup, fruit, vegetables and chocolate – sufficient to ensure that the recipients would have the ingredients for a good meal on Christmas day.

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Finally on Christmas Day Lowestoft Lions were on hand when more than 300 people braved North Sea temperatures of 8C (46F) to take part in the 40th Lowestoft Christmas Charity Swim, raising money for local good causes. A team of Lowestoft Lions helped to collect donations in buckets from hundreds of spectators who lined the prom and beach watching the swim.

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It has been a busy time for the Lions club members but one they all enjoy – as it enables them to have the resources to continue helping those in need in the community throughout the coming year.