Activities and fundraising

     February 25th 2017,

We ran a Race night at the British Legion club in Alphington for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.This entailed showing DVD's of Horse races,8 horses in each race (8 races in all). People paid £1 per horse number of their choice (1 to 8) and the winner per race was paid however much had been bet on the winning horse.We raised £1127 and the MS society gave us back £250 for our Lion club funds.They all thoroughly enjoyed this fun evening,as did the Lions who ran it.


     On March 4th 2017,we held a Casino Night at Exeter                                       Court Hotel

A successful evening of professionally run Casino games,and included a 2 course meal. We raised £1800 and gave £600 to Resolve,a women's refuge in Exeter,and £600 to "Stop the traffic South West",which is to enable this charity to stop people  being made to work here against their will. It is not well known that this goes on in our area.


            Easter Egg fund raising project

Several Lion members took Easter eggs to various locations---pubs and Staverton Railway club,where draw tickets were sold to win an Egg. We spent  £152 on buying the Easter Eggs,and made £523 profit,a big part of that figure was raised by Lion Sue Bates at Staverton. Well done Sue.


                                Lion Ladies evening out

Lion Mavis organised a meal out at Prezzo's Restaurant in Exeter for Lion ladies,partners of Lions,and friends.All meals of our own choice were thoroughly enjoyed by all ten of us..Here is a photo of the restaurant.

Evening out for Lion ladies and friends


            From March 2017 to December 23rd 2017   our members are supporting raising money for Childrens Hospice South West .

Every Thursday,Friday and Saturday,we are in Princesshay Exeter,selling draw tickets,along with other volunteers, to win a brand new Toyota Hybrid car,which has been donated by Toyota,to this very worthy cause.Every penny collected will go to the Childrens Hospice South West.Here is a photo of the tent and car in Princesshay.

The draw took place on December 23rd 2017,and the winner lives in Exmouth. £15.000 was raised for Childrens Hospice South West,which was a wonderful effort.Thanks to Toyota and all the volunteers selling tickets,and the people who bought them.

Toyota car donated to Childrens Hospice south West and raising money by selling Draw tickets



Our Yearly 10 pin bowling evening October 9th 2017

We held a very successful bowling evening .The alley was given without charge,by Haven Banks Bowling Alley for our use,as all money raised is given to charities.14 teams of 6 entered and the winning team was from Hospiscare. Jenny Mitchell ran a draw,and raised £175.We presented a cheque  for £500 to Hospiscare,and have sent £500 to the Parkinsons disease society.Here are some photos of the trophies  being presented by Lion President Dave Lyon. Thanks to Lion Neil and Lion Mike for organising this event

the Hospiscare winning teamtrophy for the winning teamTrophy being presented to highest scorera


        Christmas collections December 2017

We took our collecting buckets to Morrisons in Exeter, on December 20th,Sainsburys Alphington Exeter on December 21st,22nd and 23rd. People were very generous and we collected £2557 to give to our local charities.Well done to all of our Lions who gave up their time to do this,especially our Father Christmas Lion Paul Williams who did a great job,interacting with the customers and children as they came in.Here is a photo of him.

Santa Claus Lion Paul at Sainsburys Alphington


              Horse Racing Night

On Friday March 16th 2018,we ran a Racing night in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis society. This entails showing films of horse races  on a screen.There are 8 horses in each of 8 races.The public choose a horse number,and bet   £1 a horse.All 8 horses are then sold individually to the highest bidder. At the end of showing the race, all the people who bet on the winning horse got a share of the winnings,and the owner of the horse got half of the total bet on all 8 horses

,which could be over £60.We raised £1350 for the M.S. society which was a wonderful amount in one evening

Lion Neil selling race horses by numbers 1 to 8

Ashley running the Horse owners bidsHere is a photo of Lion Ashley writing down the amounts of bids,and one of Lion Neil encouraging people to bet on owning a horse




INKY-   EXETER WEST LION’ S GIFT TO RDA

When Exeter West Lions visited the Acorn &Squirrels Riding for the Disabled Group at Oaklands Stables recently they found that an additional experienced cob horse would enable the RDA group to provide more riding exercise for their disabled riders. Having seen the enjoyment and the therapeutic benefits that the disabled riders obtained from their riding sessions the then Lion President, Alan Benson, with the Club’s agreement, made the obtaining of a suitable pony one of the major projects for his year.

A search began ,with the RDA Group leading, and eventually an ideal candidate, INKY, was found- she is an 11 year old sturdy 14.2 hands cob with a wonderful temperament- and the purchase was arranged with Exeter West Lions Club’s assistance.

InkyCheque Presentation


 Inky    Past President Dr Alan Benson presents a cheque for £1,000 to Riding for the Disabled. 



       Fund raising day at Tedburn St.Mary. Sept 10th 2016  

This is an annual event,with lots of different stalls,food tent,competions,Vintage cars,a remote controlled Dalek,coconut shy etc,and our Lions club's two stalls,one a cake stall,selling cakes made by the ladies --Lions and partners of Lions.The second stall was a table with empty wine bottles on it.Each bottle had a different coloured sticker on the base.People paid £1 to pick a bottle.If it had a red sticker they won a real bottle of wine,any other colour lost .Here are some pictures of Lion members and President Mike's wife,Jenny , getting the stalls ready,and The cake stall (with Jenny) and the bottle stall (with Lion Carol).We raised over £160 for our charity fund. 

Members preparing the stallsPreparing the stallsJenny with the cake stallLion Carol on the bottle stall




      Fund raising day at Tedburn St.Mary. Sept 10th 2016  

This is an annual event,with lots of different stalls,food tent,competions,Vintage cars,a remote controlled Dalek,coconut shy etc,and our Lions club's two stalls,one a cake stall,selling cakes made by the ladies --Lions and partners of Lions.The second stall was a table with empty wine bottles on it.Each bottle had a different coloured sticker on the base.People paid £1 to pick a bottle.If it had a red sticker they won a real bottle of wine,any other colour lost .Here are some pictures of Lion members and President Mike's wife,Jenny , getting the stalls ready,and The cake stall (with Jenny) and the bottle stall (with Lion Carol).We raised over £160 for our charity fund. 

Members preparing the stallsPreparing the stallsJenny with the cake stallLion Carol on the bottle stall





                   CHRISTMAS CHARITY COLLECTIONS 2016

fAIRGROUND ORGANFairground Organ

On December 13th Morrisons allowed us to collect for our charities at their Store and on December 22nd 2016 and December 23rd 2016 we were given permission by Sainsburys to collect for their charity , Air Ambulance and for our own charities,one of which is Hospiscare. To make those two days more festive,we hired one of the old fashioned Fairground organs,and this attracted a lot of interest..Here is a picture of the Fairground Organ,and one of group of our Lions club ,David Lyon,David Gubbin, Lion Mavis Crowley,and Mary Collins,wife of Lion Peter,with their collecting tins


          Ten Pin Bowling fundraising evening October 2016

Cheque being presented to the charity ELF 

We invited teams from Lions clubs in our area, and teams from local businesses in our area to participate,each team of 6 paying  £60 and 19 teams took part. We also had a draw for donated prizes.We raised  £1332,and donated £750 to Exeter Leukaemia fund.

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