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

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.

Anvil House Donation

Over a number of years, Billericay Lions wives and partners have raised funds to donate to a charity nominated by the President’s wife / partner.

Recently, past President’s wife, Margaret Bellringer, presented a £1,000 cheque on behalf of Billericay Lions ladies to her chosen charity, Anvil House to help fund new furniture in one of the Lounges.

Billericay Ladies raised the money through fund raising activities including table top sales and a tombola.

Anvil House Care Home is located in Billericay and provides person-centered responsive care for 7 adults with intellectual disabilities and complex needs.

The cheque was presented to Anvil House Manager Patrick Iddon in the front garden of Anvil House in accordance with COVID – 19 Protocols and Social Distancing.

Billericay Lions have this year also made a £250 donation to Anvil House to fund the purchase of Garden Games and Alexa music units.

Photographic Competition

At our last Zoom Club Meeting in August our members agreed to donate £90 towards the cost of prizes for the 2020 Friends of Lake Meadows annual photographic competition.

The Competition is open to all age groups and is a very popular annual event.

The competition normally closes in October with a prize presentation in Billericay Library in January.

Please visit the Friends of Lake Meadows website for full details and an entry form.

Billericay Lions have funded photographic competition prizes for the past 6 years.

Brighter Opportunities for Special People

Billericay Lions members recently agreed to donate £500 to BOSP (Brighter Opportunities for Special People).

The donation is for the purchase of a tool shed, outdoor wooden planting areas, table and chairs so that a courtyard can be converted into a garden.

BOSP is a small charity that supports families by providing short break care for their children, young people and young adults who have disabilities or life-limiting conditions.

This new facility will support young people who have special educational needs to help build up their confidence, independence and social skills.

Billericay Lions have been engaged with BOSP over a number of years. Every year Billericay Lions in sponsor a Community Cinema Fun Day in conjunction with Billericay Community Cinema.

Kool Carers Charity

Billericay Lions members have agreed to donate £500 as part of a Mayflower Rotary Club of Billericay initiative to support the Kool Carers Charity.

Kool Carers is a charity that supports children who are caring for sick or vulnerable adults.

The initiative will provide outdoor activities, picnics and fun and provide a sense of normality for the children.

Billericay Lions are pleased to be part of a Community Activity in Billericay that enriches the lives of these young carers.