Pontefract Lioness club

Pontefract

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Voluntary service organisation who raise funds to help those less fortunate then ourselves and make the community a better place to live

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Pontefract Lioness Club formed in June 1977 and is sponsored by Castleford & Pontefract District Lions Club, part of Lions Clubs International, the largest service organisation in the world.

Pontefract Lioness Club currently has 20 members all of whom are volunteers and between them they run the Club by appointing officials (President, Secretary and Treasurer) on an annual basis.

Our mission is:

“To enjoy fun and friendship with like-minded individuals
Whilst serving the needs of the local community and the wider world”

. . . And to do this, members meet on a monthly basis to identify where help is needed within the community and arrange fund-raising activities to enable them to give the help that is needed. Recent projects include:

• Emergency Toiletry Packs – Provided to local hospitals, womens refuge and homeless – The packs include facecloth, soap, comb, toothbrush and toothpaste a basic necessity for someone who has nothing.

• Message in a bottle – a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location (the fridge), where emergency services know to look for them! Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can have an accident at home, so this scheme can benefit anyone.

• Pontefract Lantern Festival – Now in its sixth year this has become one of the key events in our local town and is open to adults and children of all ages and abilities. Pontefract Lioness Club run a series of lantern making workshops on evening and weekends (over a period of six weeks) where anyone can drop in to make a lantern from willow and tissue paper or plastic bottles and then on the festival day we hold a parade through the town centre with a band, entertainment and refreshments where they get an opportunity to showcase their good work. This is one of the biggest community events in the town and last year we had almost 3000 people take part. The Festival is accredited as a learning Destination by Wakefield Children’s University and is supported by a variety of local groups including brownies, guides, gymnasts and dance. The event is Free for everyone to take part in and is fully funded by Pontefract Lioness Club so no-one is excluded.

Members also volunteer within other community groups such as the Foodbank, Community Kitchen and Pontefract in Bloom where we plant and maintain two flower troughs in the town Centre.

In order to fund projects like these we hold several events throughout the year such as fashion shows, Santas Grotto’s, gala stalls and bucket collections. Every penny raised from the public goes back into worthy causes in the community making it a better place to live.

Members of Pontefract Lioness Club pay an annual subscription fee and these are used to pay the administration/running costs of the Club.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

Should we be successful in our bid for funding it will allow us to maintain/replace our existing equipment as required and purchase additional equipment and materials for some of our projects listed above eg:

• Supplies (disposable dishes, equipment etc) for the community kitchen which supports the homeless and needy
• Materials for making lanterns in our workshops which will enable us to continue making this project accessible to the disadvantaged)
• Message in a Bottle - A potential life saver! It saves the Emergency Services valuable time as not only does it help to identify who you are it also identifies if you have special medication or allergies and it also it provides peace of mind to you, your friends and family by knowing that prompt medical treatment is provided and that the next of kin and emergency contacts are notified.
• Replacement Gazebo for use at galas, lantern festival, sports day for the disabled etc

The number of people to benefit from this support is unlimited as we would never turn anybody away. Our motto is “We serve” and even if we could not respond immediately we would find a way to help and meet the needs of the community as quickly as possible.

"“Pontefract Lioness Club have been serving their local community for over 40 years by helping those less fortunate than ourselves and making Pontefract and the surrounding areas a better place to live”

Jeanne Morgan, Founder Member"

For more information visit:

http://lions105c.org.uk/pontefractlionesses/

https://www.facebook.com/PontefractLionessClub/

https://twitter.com/Pontelionesses