Athletes and Girl Guides are set to jet off and represent their country around the world thanks to donations from the Kenilworth Lions.
The charity group handed out support and over £4,000 to hardworking volunteers at its first presentation evening to make use of cash raised through the year.
We are very pleased to present these awards in a special ceremonyTed Curtis
The money, raised at Lions Club events and at the second hand furniture shop in Farmer Ward Road, is hoped to make a difference by boosting the community.
And first to benefit is town kayaker, Katie Smith, who was given a donation to help fund a trip to the USA where she will represent Great Britain at the Special Olympics.
Also congratulated on the night were Kenilworth School pupils and furniture shop volunteers, Oliver Thompson, Mathew Bednell and Jordan Moores who were given Young Leaders in Service awards from the CEO of Lions International in recognition of their “significant help” each week.
Ray Hulse, chairman of the club’s community service committee said they hoped to make the handover an annual event and make a difference to young people each year.
“We are very pleased to present these awards in a special ceremony,” he said.
“Many of the recipients are individuals and organisations who put something back into our community, thus completing an amazing circle.”
Lions President Ted Curtis, said: “Lions members work hard through the year to raise money for good causes.
“So it is very rewarding to be here tonight seeing the results of their efforts bringing pleasure to so many in the community.”
Donations were also handed to the newly formed, Lip Reading Trust and to Scouts, Dylan Tombs and John Hubbard so they can get to the World Jamboree in Japan, and to William Heaton to get him to a camp in the Caribbean
Donations were made to help get Kenilworth Guides get to camps in Mexico, Iceland and Kenya, and the St John’s Church Appeal.
See page 18 for pictures.