Dereham Lions

April 12, 2024

Lions Clubs International have been in existence for over 100 years, and Dereham Lions are part of this worldwide service organisation.

In 2023 Dereham Lions celebrated 50 years of providing service and support in the local, national and international community. Our motto is “We serve” – we fundraise so as to enable others.

Over the years we have contributed thousands of pounds to young people so they can be assisted in their own fundraising efforts for opportunities to help those less fortunate in places such as Nicaragua, Borneo and Kenya, to name but a few.

Local groups, such as those providing friendship and support for the elderly, blind, deaf, youth services including scouts, guides and many more, have been helped with financial grants.

Lions have been collecting used spectacles for upcycling and repurposing overseas in partnership with Sightfirst over many years; our collection boxes are to be found in doctors’ surgeries, opticians and retail units. Locally at least 400,000 have been collected.

message in a bottle
A free service for those who need it. A copy of your prescription meds is kept in a bottle in the fridge so emergency services can find it if needed.

Message in a bottle, fund-raising and fun

Lions also donate “Message in a Bottle” free of charge to those that need them. We provide our services for the community, such as car parking assistance, collections, travel assistance.

For over 40 years, Lions provided a Christmas party for local elderly residents free of charge; this was followed by 2 years of trips on the Bure Valley Santa Railway for disadvantaged children.

Our fundraising efforts have included car boots, tombolas, afternoon teas, Proms night, quiz nights, fun days, 80’s nights, raffles, book fair and book tables; watch this space for more to come.

Come along!

Our Dereham Lions club gives our members a sense of community, belonging, friendship and kindness and hopes to continue for many years to come, supporting people in the local area.

We would love to meet you at one of our monthly meetings. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Reading room in Etling Green, NR20 3EY. To get in touch please contact Jenny Canham 07415283253 or message the Lions’ facebook page.