Pass it on! Father Christmas is back again, spreading festive cheer to all. From Wednesday 1st December to Thursday 23rd December Santa and his elves will be visiting roads in Leatherhead, Ashtead, Fetcham and Bookham. It's a tradition that has run for over 48 years now and is loved by all generations. There's an important side to this, which is the donations that enable us to help the less fortunate - you can see what great work this supports by looking through our website.
Read more about when he will be visiting your street.
The Leatherhead Lions Club Wenceslas Project allows those receiving, but not needing, the Government's Winter Fuel Payment to use it to help others in need to keep warm and fed.
As temperatures plummet, spare a moment for those for whom keeping warm is a major challenge. The Lion's Project Wenceslas is designed to help those in fuel poverty. Pensioners who don't need it are donating their Winter Fuel Allowance, and others also are donating to help local people in need fight off the cold. Head to our dedicated webpage to find out how to help.
The Lions Message in a Bottle scheme is a simple way to make sure that emergency services can quickly discover what medications you are on and who your emergency contacts are should they need to attend your home. So, when a resident of Whitley Village contacted us recently for a replacement form for the bottle she had been using for the last 20 years, we were glad to help. What we hadn't anticipated was that news of the scheme would spread so quickly throughout the residents of the village that we would soon be delivering a further 20 bottles to fellow residents!
You can learn more about this simple but effective scheme on our dedicated web page. If you know someone who would benefit or would like a bottle for yourself just contact us and we will make sure you receive one.
Do you have old, unused glasses that you no longer need? Why not put them to good use by recycling them with the Lions? Contact us to arrange to drop off your glasses or have them picked up. You can:
- Email us on
- Call Jim on 01372 274618 (Ashtead area and nearby
- Call Chris on 07941 415802 (Dorking area and nearby)
Donated glasses are sent to Chichester Lions Club where they are checked. If they can be reused directly they are sent to contacts running eye clinics in Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria, and Nepal. In addition, volunteers from the ‘Unite for Sight’ charity are supplied with spectacles to take with them on missions to countries across the world. Alternatively, scrap metal salvaged from broken and unsuitable spectacles raises funds that support the sorting operation and to give financial support to eye-related projects in the UK and overseas.
Since the project began in 1967 over £675k has been generated from recycled materials with over £486k donated to sight related charitable causes.
Last year Leatherhead Community Hub took over North Leatherhead Community Centre with the aim of creating a safe, beautiful and welcoming space in North Leatherhead. You may know them from organisations such as Ewell Foodbank, Leatherhead Community Fridge and St Giles Playgroup who operate out of the centre. The Leatherhead Lions were pleased to make a substantial donation to the Hub towards the purchase of sound equipment for the new venture which should be completed in the new year.
Men's Sheds are about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and a lot of laughter! It's a place to meet and support each other, and to be involved in community projects.
Leatherhead Lions Club are pleased to have provided a defibrillator to Dorking Men’s Shed - we hope it won't be needed but an essential appliance just in case. And - can you spot the Lion?
When Surrey Carers asked if we could make a young man’s Christmas special, your donations helped us respond.
Timi has Downs Syndrome and a heart condition which means it is important for his health to stay active and riding a Trike is something he really enjoys. The Leatherhead Lions Club provided the funds to buy the Trike and Timi received it just in time for Christmas. Mum Esther said “Timi loves being outdoors…..his infectious smile and joy keeps me motivated also”.
For 47 years the Leatherhead Lions Club has brought Father Christmas round the locality on December evenings. Lion Tony Hudson has created this wonderful lightshow to remind us that, even if that isn't possible this year, Father Christmas is still determined to bring some cheer. You can also bring some cheer to those having difficulty paying bills, keeping warm or having enough to eat by donating to our Wenceslas Project today.
Jim Malyn and Tony Hudson laying the Leatherhead Lions Club wreath at the memorial today in memory of those who made such great sacrifices on our behalf.
Here's something to keep us cheerful! Whilst the COVID-19 virus means that it's still unclear whether we will be able to hold a Donkey Derby this year, take 15 minutes out to revive memories of the events in 2018 and 2019. Over the years, with your help the event has helped the Leatherhead Lions raise funds for so many in need.
When Leatherhead Lion Tony Hudson offered some of the residents of Petters Road, Ashtead, one of our Easter Eggs to raffle for the children of Petters Road, he didn’t realise it would become such an enjoyable project.
Instead of a raffle Karen McGuigan, together with some other parents, organised a project for all the children in Petters Road to be artistically creative with the theme being Spring or Easter. Tony decided to utilise his daily exercise period on Easter Sunday Morning, dressed as The Town Crier, to view every front garden where the children’s creations were presented and preside as judge on the many entries. The winners, Bradley and Harvey were able to take the First Prize – The Big Easter Egg and there were three very close Runners Up who also received prizes.
Rachael, Bradley and Harvey’s mum, said a big "Thank You" to everyone for making a very special Easter Sunday morning, and to Tony and the Leatherhead Lions for giving her boys a purpose and Happy Easter Memories to treasure.” Rachael also declared Lion Tony the official Petters Road Town Crier!
A collection box was placed in the road resulting in a cheque for £240.00 which was donated to Leatherhead Lions and will be matched and rounded to £500.00 and donated to Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, which receives our annual Easter Egg donations.
What a fantastic amount and all through the creative activity of Petters Road parents and children during these difficult times. Truly an Easter to Remember!
Working with Asthma Relief, the Leatherhead Lions Club is donating 8 nebulisers to our local hospitals - 4 for Epsom Hospital and 4 for Leatherhead Hospital. A nebuliser is a small machine used to deliver medication to sufferers by way of a face mask or mouthpiece. Taking asthma medication in this way may be more effective in an asthma sufferer who is unable to find an “inhaler” that suits them.