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.

Billericay Lions hand cheque to Samaritans

Billericay Lions President John Furlong is pictured presenting a cheque for £500 to Jenny Meads, Director of Basildon and Thurrock Samaritans.

Several Billericay Lions visited the Samaritans Basildon base, for a socially distanced cheque handover.

Our community services committee identified the local Samaritans as a charity with additional demand but limited fundraising opportunities at this difficult time. This donation was unanimously carried at our Zoom club meeting on 27 July.

BOSP Cinema Show

Billericay Lions sponsored the 4th Annual free film show for the children, young adults, parents and carers from local charity “Brighter Opportunities through Supported Play” at Billericay Community Cinema

“The idea of hosting a show specifically for a group that is often socially excluded and not given the same opportunities as others came out of our very first show in September 2015.”

“Billericay Community Cinema are very pleased to once again partner with the Billericay Lions, allowing us to make this show completely free – including all refreshments – for this wonderful group of people. “

Mayflower School Awards

On 10th and 11th July 2019, Lions attended the Mayflower School annual prize award ceremony.

This is an annual event with Billericay Lions sponsoring prizes for design and technology for Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 and food preparation and nutrition for year 10.

The prize giving celebrates student’s outstanding achievement and dedication across a whole range of subjects and commitment to work and their contributions to sport, to the school and to the wider community. 

The celebration is also shared by the parents, teachers, governors and guests and is a mark of excellence.

Defibrillator for Essex Wildlife Trust

Lion President Mike Conway presented a life saving defibrillator to Sarah Warner, Assistant Centre Manager at Hanningfield.

One of our Lion members, Ian Armstrong pictured left, also volunteers at Essex Wildlife Trust. Ian brought the request for a defibrillator to our community service committee who were delighted to recommend our club sponsor the purchase.

Due to the remoteness of Essex Wildlife Trust’s Hanningfield Reserve and the large number of visitors, many with disabilities or special needs, this defibrillator could be a life saver.

Phil of PCH First Aid Training, demonstrating to volunteer Sam, how easy it is to use the defibrillator which is now located in the visitor centre.