Lions club speaks of pride after collecting thousands for charity

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A LIONS club has spoken of its pride after community fundraisers helped to raise thousands of pounds for a worthy cause.

The Lions Club of Swanwick has thanked everyone who contributed towards the three Santa collections it held.

The events, held last month in the lead-up to Christmas, took place at Tesco in Whiteley, Locks Heath Shopping Centre and Makro in Segensworth.

A total of £2382.89 was collected across the three venues.

The money will be given to The Honeypot Children’s Charity, which boosts the lives of vulnerable children and young carers.

Of the amount, £595.07 was raised at Tesco, £881.54 at Locks Heath and £906.28 at Segensworth.

Barry Woolcott, secretary of The Lions Club of Swanwick, said: ‘Swanwick Lions, who have served their community for the last 38 years, offer their sincere thanks to the management of the venues.’

A craft and gift fair was held in November and in the summer, the group took a coach full of young carers and their families from Fareham charity Kids to Paulton’s Park for the day.

Lions Clubs from throughout the south took children and young people to the park as part of the occasion.

Other charities the Swanwick branch supports include Hounds for Heroes, Medical Detection Dogs and Arthritis Care.

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