In the year since the 2012 bonfire programme was published, Cranleigh Lions Club has put nearly £38,000 into the community.
93% per cent of that money has gone directly to local individuals, families and groups, with four percent being distributed to national causes and three percent to international appeals.
Top of the spending pops was £2,600 on Christmas hampers for vulnerable citizens. A weather-proof shelter for children and parents at the Snoxhall playground to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, came in next at £2,460, closely followed by a sum of £2,452 to purchase a new telephone system for Cranleigh’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
At number four, a £2,000 contribution was made to our local air ambulance night flying appeal.
The whole community benefitted from 35% of our spending. An example of this was a £1,000 donation towards refurbishment of air management systems at Cranleigh Arts Centre.
Children and Senior citizens each received 28% of our outgoings. Much of the money going to help children was paid out in a large number of relatively small sums at the request of our friends at Cranleigh’s Sure Start Centre. We have continued to fund the Thursday bus to transport some of our senior citizens from the Ewhurst area into Cranleigh on Market day and we have contributed £1,500 of the money raised at our Classic Car Show to Rowley’s Community Centre.
The club sent £200 to help with relief after the fooding at St Asaph in North Whales. This was in response to an appeal by Prestatyn and Rhyl Lions Club.
Six young students from Gomel in Belarus were able to attend the Dyatlovichi Children's recuperative centre thanks to £540 of funding from Cranleigh Lions.
Most of our support is provided by the Lions action alone. But we continue to work alongside other Cranleigh charities where a combined effort is needed to raise larger sums of money for particular local cases.
If you have supported the Cranleigh Lions in any way, we thank you, and as you can see we have put your donation of time, effort or money to good use and will continue to do so.