Lions appeal for new members

Specs Appeal - Matlock Derwent Valley Lions Club President Kevin Senior, optician David Bray, club secretary Colin Turnbull and fellow member Ray Hooten celebrate the collection of 15,000 pairs of spectacles which will be sent to help people in the Third World.

Specs Appeal - Matlock Derwent Valley Lions Club President Kevin Senior, optician David Bray, club secretary Colin Turnbull and fellow member Ray Hooten celebrate the collection of 15,000 pairs of spectacles which will be sent to help people in the Third World.

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A CLUB which has raised thousands of pounds for charity and supported the community for over 30 years is appealing for volunteers.

This week, the Mercury’s new Lend a Hand campaign looks at Matlock Derwent Valley Lions Club which, since forming in 1979, has worked tirelessly in Matlock, Darley Dale, Wirksworth and surrounding areas.

Matlock Lions Club president Barrie Leadbeater presents a cheque for �400 from their Christmas trolley dash to Sid Harbey of the Riding for the Disabled School in Tansley with fellow members Roy Hooton, Kevin Senior, Colin Turnbull and Stuart Dodds, Taffy the pony and handlers Glenda Griffiths and Dom Ward.

Matlock Lions Club president Barrie Leadbeater presents a cheque for �400 from their Christmas trolley dash to Sid Harbey of the Riding for the Disabled School in Tansley with fellow members Roy Hooton, Kevin Senior, Colin Turnbull and Stuart Dodds, Taffy the pony and handlers Glenda Griffiths and Dom Ward.

In the past two years the club has seen a dramatic fall in membership and now has only 12 members.

The motto of all Lions Clubs is “We Serve” and the name Lions stands for “Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations Safety” but members say they are unable to live up to the club’s motto with very limited resources.

Lion president Barrie Leadbeater said: “We do take our responsibilities very seriously. However, talk to anyone who has attended any of our fund-raising, community or welfare events and we’re sure they will tell you that there is an awful lot of fun, hilarity and fellowship going on and we really do enjoy what we’re up to.

“We are happy to talk to anyone who would like to know more about us.”

On-going projects run by the club include collecting unwanted spectacles and sending them to third world countries and the distribution of the Message in a Bottle containers – designed to help people to keep their personal and medical details on a form in a common location – the fridge – in case of an accident.

The club also runs Santa’s Grotto at the annual Matlock Victorian Weekend and has supported many groups and organisations including Matlock First Responders, St. John Ambulance, Community Transport, Whitworth Hospital, Greenaway Workshop, Matlock Talking Newspaper and local carnivals.

This week members handed over a cheque for £400 to the Riding for the Disabled School in Tansley.

The money was raised during a trolley dash at Matlock’s Co-operative on Bakewell Road.

The club also supports many international disaster appeals including raising funds for Haiti, Chile and Pakistan.

Unique to the club is the “Lions On Loan” project.

If any organisation needs help members will do their best to help out.

Lion Kevin Senior said: “There are no boundaries of age, gender, trade or profession, so that anyone can become a member. We used to have one member who was blind and that hardly restricted his involvement.

“We would be delighted to hear from young people, especially those who wish to enhance their CVs in the ever increasing job market.

“For instance, are you looking to develop skills in management, public speaking, presentation, graphics, IT, marketing, negotiating areas, then we might be just the type of organisation that could help you.”

To find out more contact secretary Colin Turnbull on 01773 852203 email: mdvlc@uwclub.net or Kevin Senior on 01629 733053 email: kevinfsenior@hotmail.com or visit the club’s website at www.matlocklions.org.uk

The group meets at 8pm in the Square and Compass, in Darley Bridge, on the second and fourth Monday each month.

n If you would like to be featured in our Lend a Hand campaign contact Julia Rodgerson by emailign news@matlockmercury.co.uk or calling 01629 762136.