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2012 Reports

Footsteps talk to Lions

At a dinner meeting on Monday 8th October held in Caversham Heath Golf Club the President of Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club, Chris Stevens presented a £1,500 cheque to Clare Morley, Footsteps Fundraising Executive.

Footsteps Foundation cheque presentation

Clare had joined this dinner meeting to tell Lions members, partners and guests about the unique life enhancing work being carried out with children from as young as 10 months to 18 year olds at the Footsteps Centre in Dorchester-on-Thames.

The Centre provides access to a team of highly experienced physiotherapists and equipment for children suffering from varying conditions or disorders such as cerebal palsy, muscular dystrophy and even epilepsy. Amongst some of the specialist equipment used is ‘The Spider’ which, developed in Poland, enables therapists to carry out a range of exercises whilst the child is supported by elastic ropes which are adjusted to allow different parts of the body to be freely exercised. Other more traditional therapeutic aids and equipment are also used such as balls, rolls, trampolines, treadmills and ladders to facilitate therapy. This combination of therapy is not currently available anywhere else in the U.K.

This donation of £1,500 from the local Lions Club will cover the cost of a 3 week session for one child. It typically comprises two hours a day of physiotherapy at the Centre in Dorchester, for five days a week. It is highly successful at enhancing and improving physical development as well as building confidence, which often also positively affects speech and cognitive capabilities.

Currently there are 9 physiotherapists at the Centre who work approximately 15 youngsters during a three-week session from all over the country, and involve as many as 150 different cases annually. Their aim is to raise £150,000 a year to fund this important work which receives no support from the NHS or U.K. government.

For more information about Footsteps telephone 01865 340376 or email info@footstepsfoundation.com or visit their website at www.footstepscentre.com.

Santa comes with Lions

Oh yes, it's that time of year again !!! Father Christmas will be touring villages in South Oxfordshire again organised by the Lions Club of Goring, Woodcote & District. This will be the 31st successive year the Lions have toured the area with Santa on his sleigh to collect donations whilst playing some popular seasonal carols.

To do this a Street Collection Licence as required by South Oxfordshire District Council is obtained for two hours from 7pm until 9pm each evening for the following schedule. Ability to maintain these planned visits is always dependent upon the weather and support kindly provided to Lions by members of local volunteer groups helping as collectors.

Sonning CommonWednesday 5th ,Thursday 6th and Thursday 13th December
Goring on ThamesMonday 10th, Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th December
WoodcoteMonday 17th, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December
Whitchurch on ThamesThursday 20th December
Whitchurch HillFriday 21st December
Tollbridge in Whitchurch on ThamesSaturday 15th December from 10.00am until 2.00pm

All money collected goes to support Lions charitable projects, the majority of which are in the local community, the balance is used to help Lions sponsored national and international projects primarily related to youth and eye sight preservation in areas of greatest need.

Every pound donated goes to charity with no administration charges taken out.

Lions help a Robot & Helicopter

Thanks to the success of the Lions Goring & Woodcote 10k Run held in January this year two main local charities named for sponsorship at this event have each now been handed a cheque for £2,275 by your local Lions Club.

The Robot

As shown in the attached photograph at a recent visit to the Royal Berkshire Hospital a cheque was presented to Surgeon Mr Adam Jones by Lion President Chris Bergmann and Lion Fund Raising Chairman Paul Chandler towards the ‘Robbie the Robot Appeal’.

Robbie cheque presentation

A da Vinci robot enables surgeons to perform radical ‘keyhole’ surgery in prostate cancer operations. This robot in Reading is known as ‘Robbie’ whereThe RBH NHS Foundation Trust pays the annual running costs, circa £70k and the Royal Berks Charity is responsible for lease payments. To complete the purchase and own ‘Robbie’ outright £1m needs to be raised over the next three years. So far there is around £50k in the charity fund towards a lease payment this year of £305k.

For more information and help the ‘Robbie the Robot Appeal’ phone: 0118 322 6969 or view the website at www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/support_us/robbie_the_robot_appeal.aspx.

The Helicopter

The Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance similarly received a cheque for £2,275 from the proceeds of the Annual Goring & Woodcote Lions 10k Road Run this year. The photograph shows Eleanor Green - Oxfordshire Fund Raising Manager being presented with the cheque by President Chris Bergmann and Fund Raising Chairman Paul Chandler at the Lions April dinner meeting in Caversham Heath Golf Club.

Air Ambulance cheque presentation

When accepting the donation Eleanor Green described some planned improvements that will include having doctors on flight crews and night flying for some selected missions. She stated that the Lions should be proud of their help in enabling this key emergency service to continue as it still receives no financial support either from the NHS or central government funds.

To have more details about your local Air Ambulance phone: 0300 999 0135 or view the website at www.tvacaa.org.

Chiltern Way kissing gates

A total of three ‘Kissing Gates’ funded by Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club from their Charity Funds have been put in place of old and difficult to climb over stiles along the Chiltern Way in late March. All three gates, costing £633 in total, were installed following consultation with local landowners by a group of volunteer members of the Chiltern Society, Rights of Way Group.

Being both a member of the Chiltern Society and the Lions Club, Mr Martin Lisk said ‘These new kissing gates replace old styles making it easier for older and less able people who go walking to enjoy this beautiful countryside. It is an example of a Lions Club project to improve the environment and being of help to people in our local community at the same time’.

The three gates donated by Goring, Woodcote and District Lions Club, are positioned along a local section of the Chiltern Way between Rushmore Lane, Woodcote and Bottom Lane in Checkendon, near Dean Wood.

Kiss Gate at Dean Wood

Shown in the photograph are from left to right, Lions member Martin Lisk, then Bob Parry, Charles Crawcour, Barry Cowlard,Tim Dowling and John Lynch who are all volunteer members of the South Chiltern Path Maintenance Volunteers, and Lions member Jon Solman.

The volunteers operate under the auspices of the Chiltern Society and meet three mornings a month. Originally their main task was to clear overgrown public footpaths and bridleways, but recently a primary activity has been to replace stiles (usually with kissing gates) to make public paths more accessible to a wider range of users. This work is carried out in agreement with Oxfordshire County Council and local landowners. One of the group (on this occasion Bob Parry) plans and directs the tasks for the day.

Lions mark jubilee with trees

Trees have been planted by Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club in three local villages to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee.

Having consulted Parish councils the Lions have planted a whitebeam sorbus aria lutescen on the village green by St John's Church at Whitchurch Hill, on the Gardiner Recreation Ground in Goring, and on Woodcote village green by the war memorial.

Lion President Chris Bergmann said, ‘The Club believe this a good way to celebrate this diamond jubilee year and show our loyalty to the Queen. The trees will not only mark this joyous occasion but will also serve as a thanks to our families, friends, neighbours and everyone in the community who has supported us in helping other people in need.

These whitebeam trees were chosen in consultation with the local parish councils for their attractive white blossom in spring and red berries in autumn, that also represent the red and white colours of the St. George’s flag. The trees are good for wildlife, suitable for planting in public areas, and also suited to the chalky soil of the Chilterns.’

Trophy Winners

Shown in the above photograph are -
Mr Peter Tyler - Paris Councillor and Conservation Group
Mr David Booth - Parish Councillor
Mr John Sandford - Conservation Group
Mr Mike Fulton - Conservation Group
Mrs Maria Rosa Fulton - Conservation Group
Lion President - Chris Bergmann
Lions Club Secretary - Alan Wright

This year the Lions Clubs International President Wing-Kun Tam has also challenged members around the world during his year of office to plant a million trees to demonstrate the strength of the organisation's international links. More than 6.7 million trees have been recorded so far with almost 5,000 planted in the U.K.

Lions Annual Charity Run Results 2012

A perfect day for running enabled more than 400 people to take part in the 28th Annual 10k Charity Road Run organised by Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club on Sunday 8th January 2012. During the run there was no wind and it was very mild for the time of year.

The race was started by Goring estate agent Bob Warmingham, main sponsor of the event, who also presented trophies to the winners.

Trophy Winners

A list of trophy winners can be downloaded here.

Other local company sponsors included-
McVeigh Parker & Co of Bradfield Southend
Halarose Ltd. of Woodcote
Woodborough House Dental Practice, Pangbourne
Soltec Ltd. Reading
Bouchier Fencing, Woodcote
The Boathouse Dental Surgery, Goring
JRS Services, Woodcote
Johnson Matthey, Sonning Common.

Runners should contact Denis Chapman, the official race photographer direct for details (0118 978 4331 or 07920 827880) as all their photographs are now on his website www.sportsphotosuk.co.uk.

Full race results are also now on the Goring, Woodcote & District Lions Club website www.lions-gwd.org.uk.

More than 50 volunteers from a number of other local organisations helped the Lions maintain the enjoyment, safety and efficacy of this annual event. They include Scouts & Guides, Rotary and 41 Clubs, and all are much appreciated. Next year the Lions 10k Run is planned to take place on Sunday 13th January 2013. If you would like to take part or help with marshalling please contact the Lions well before the day.

Over £3,500 was raised which will be shared between the Air Ambulance (Berks/Oxon/Bucks) and &lsquoRobbie the Robot’ (The RBH Prostate Cancer Appeal).

For more details please telephone: 0845 833 9837.

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