Christmas Day Meals

Billericay Lions were pleased to be part of the Team delivering Christmas dinners, gifts and cheer on Christmas Day to 30 elderly and lonely Billericay residents.

“My Christmas Day was 120%, the food was delicious and everything you gave as gifts and food was so well thought through”

“Thanks to everyone for the massive community effort – it was so lovely to have a visitor on the day”.

A fantastic project is underway this morning aimed at tackling loneliness and isolation. Special Christmas Day meals being delivered by some wonderful volunteers with a socially distanced chat.Lots of people facing Christmas Day on their own today, hopefully this will help make things a little better.🙏🙏

Posted by Billericay Food Bank on Friday, 25 December 2020

Christmas Hampers

On Thursday 17th December, Billericay Lions delivered 11 Christmas hampers to Reengage Billericay Group 1 (formerly Contact the Elderly) which were donated by Billericay Food Bank.

We brought some Christmas Cheer in a very difficult year.

Billericay Lions are pleased to help our local community living up to our slogan, “Where’s there a Need there’s a Lion”

Charitable Donations

We make regular charitable donations from the money raised by our fundraising events. Most donations go to local charities with some also going to National and International charitable causes as well. The most recent examples are:

Engineering Development Trust

We contributed towards the cost of funding a team of 6 school students from Billericay School in the engineering based training opportunity called Go4Set.

Billericay Art Trail

Sponsored the “Try it and See” sessions at the Billericay Art Trail, which showcases the talents of local artists and promotes local business by encouraging people to visit the wide variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, churches and other community venues to view a wide variety of art throughout the Trail.

BOSP (Brighter Opportunities Through Supported Play

Funding to cover cost of 2 new sets of Walkie Talkies. These are used by the staff to communicate to help improve safety for staff and 139 children/young people with complex disabilities or life limiting conditions at their activity clubs.

Billericay and Wickford District Scout Group

Funding towards the cost of sending 9 scouts from the District to the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia USA in July/August 2019.

Barrow Farm Riding Centre for the Disabled

To mark Lions Clubs Centennial Year, a district project with 7-clubs enabled us to fund an all-weather outdoors riding path thus enabling people with special needs and disabilities help develop their abilities and enrich their lives through riding. The physical benefits of riding help improve balance and co-ordination, increased suppleness, joint mobility and muscle tone.

Samaritans

We made a donation to help support the works that the Samaritans carry out in our area.

Romanian Pride

A donation to help fund this project, which involves a group of individual Lions giving up their time to give Romanian children a childhood. Every year they spend valuable time with the children, who are aged 4 and upwards, providing them with experiences that they will remember forever and helping improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.

South Green Infant and Nursery Schools

Funding to provide equipment for 2 sensory rooms, one in each school for children with Special Educational Needs. The rooms and equipment help provide a quiet and relaxed environment for those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other sensory problems.

Epilepsy Society Referral

We were approached by the Epilepsy Society to help a local family whose son has Epilepsy. We funded the purchase of a Clonic Tonic Seizure Monitor, which is designed to detect seizures during the night. The benefits to the family are twofold: The son has increased confidence at bedtime and it gives the parent’s peace of mind and restful nights sleep.

Billericay Parkrun

A donation to purchase a defibrillator for the weekly 5km runs that take place every week in Lake Meadows. This has enabled over 200 runners to take part every week helping them to stay fit. This in turn impacts on helping reduce NHS costs.

We also have donated to the following:

Senior Citizens Concert – Provided by Billericay Lions
Contact the Elderly
Anvil House
Mayflower High School Awards
Hamelin Trust
Billericay in Bloom
Friends of Lake Meadows – Photographic Competition
Message in a Bottle
Billericay Community Housing Association
Marie Curie
School Pastors
Billericay Town Council – Christmas Lights and Tommies Appeal
Churches Together – Billericay
Billericay & District branch – Parkinson’s UK
Forget Me Not Memory Cafe

National

Diabetes UK
Royal British Legion

International

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline – Run by Billericay & South Essex Link
Lions International Disabled Swimming Gala
Lions Clubs International Foundation

Billericay Foodbank

Billericay Lions made a donation of £500 to the Billericay Food Bank to assist with setup costs for the move of the Foodbank from St.John’s Church to a much larger building in the High Street.

We were pleased to support the work of Billericay Foodbank who are providing much needed support to those impacted locally at this difficult time.

Contact details for Billericay Foodbank

8-10 High Street,
Billericay
Essex CM12 9BQ
CM11 2LE

07707 466262

info@billericayfoodbank.org.uk

Royal British Legion

On Remembrance Sunday 8 November, our President John Furlong, laid a a wreath at the Billericay War Memorial. Our Community Services Chairman, John Bellringer laid a wreath at the Stock War Memorial.

Billericay Lions also made a donation of £300 to the Royal British Legion to support the good works they do for all the ex services personnel.

In Memoriam

It is with great regret that The Lions Club of Billericay announce the passing of our great friend and long term member Ray Deane. Losing such a dedicated and irreplaceable member will be very difficult for the club.

Ray’s passion for helping others was evident in his early years of National Service, where he served as a medic, working alongside the Gurkhas in the Far East. The majority of his working life was at National Westminster Bank where he maintained his community spirit and was a major force behind the Mayflower Corps marching band before joining the Lions in June 1985.

He was club president in 1992/93 and again in 2012/13, being the first member to serve twice. For the majority of the rest of his time in the club he served as a Committee Chairmen and made a major contribution to our community services achievements. He was also very active at district level, serving as a District Chairperson and on the MD105EA Cabinet in various capacities from 2007 to 2010.

Ray was instrumental in the establishment of the twinning between our Billericay club and Lions clubs in Germany and Belgium. One of our main community service events, the Triparte International Disabled Swimming Gala, would probably never have happened without him. As the main planner and organiser, he attended most galas since they were first held back in 1992. The gala is a significant achievement with participants from three countries held every two years in Billericay, Voreifel (Germany) and Bruxelles Royale on a rotational basis.

He also made a significant contribution to disabled sports with Essex County Council and countrywide with the Lions. This involved the setting up of disabled galas throughout the whole of MD105 and organising swimming events for the British Special Olympics.

Ray was a sterling member of our club and, although a stickler for the rules, was always keen to be involved and guide members on various matters. His knowledge of our organisation was second to none and was invaluable on many occasions.

Ray, along with his wife Mary, were the first members of the club to receive the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. The award, named after Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs International, is only presented to members who have achieved an exceptional level of humanitarian service to communities on behalf of the Lions over many years.