Pride as Lions raise £16,000 to support the QEH

Fundraising by Lions groups in the West Norfolk and surrounding area proved to be a roaring success by raising more than £16,000 for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Members of the King’s Lynn, Downham Market, Swaffham, Hunstanton and Wells groups rallied round to organise a host of events over nine months to buy new chemotherapy pumps for the Hospital’s Macmillan Care and Treatment Centre.

Decorating Hunstanton in bras and boxer shorts along with quizzes, a dinner and dance, coffee morning, sponsored walk, Easter Egg raffles and auction were among the fantastic fundraisers organised by the groups.

District Chairman Paul Southerton said: “We are really pleased to have raised so much money for such a good cause.

“We have more than achieved what we set out to do in and it has taken us just nine months. The groups have had a lot of fun on this campaign and we hope that it will make a difference to the patients at the Macmillan Centre.”

On Tuesday, June 27, Hospital Chief Executive Jon Green was presented with a number of cheques by representatives from the groups.  It is hoped the money will buy more than five pumps.

The cheques totalled:

– £3,000 from Downham Market Lions

– £415 from Downham Market Lionesses

– £3,500 from Hunstanton Lions

– £3,000 from King’s Lynn Lions

– £3,600 from Swaffham Lions

– £1,000 from Swaffham Lionesses

– £1,600 from Wells Lions

Speaking to the Lions in the London Road Methodist Church Mr Green said: “I would like to thank you for what you have achieved for the hospital individually and collectively.

“All of your efforts have made a significant contribution to the lives of the people who are treated in the Macmillan Unit.

“You have given something back to our community and that is something I am very keen on as the Hospital is a big part of the community.

“I would like to thank you on behalf of the patients of West Norfolk for this fantastic achievement.”

                                                  —ENDS—

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