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Lions collection a roaring success

PUBLISHED: 14:24 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 16 August 2010

DESPITE grim weather and even gloomier financial conditions, a charity has collected more than £400 for good causes. Members of Biggin

DESPITE grim weather and even gloomier financial conditions, a charity has collected more than £400 for good causes.

Members of Biggin Hill and Westerham Lions have thanked supporters who gave generously in Orpington, raising more than £230 for Harris HospisCare.

On December 19, hardy Lions and friends collected outside Barclays Bank, in Biggin Hill, and raised a further £188 for causes in the UK and abroad.

The previous weekend, collectors John Scott and Neil Walker took £100 for Harris HospisCare at the Walnuts shopping centre, Orpington.

And on December 4 they raised £140 for the hospice inside Tesco. The next day they held a Christmas party for 40 senior citizens at Biggin Hill Primary School, in Old Tye Avenue.

It has been a successful year for the club, supporting more than 20 charities and causes, with £655 going to Demelza Children's Hospice, which has a site in Eltham. St Philomenas Primary School and Bromley Youth Trust each received £100.

There was £500 for Moorfields Hospital Sight Project, £200 for Bromley Welcare, £450 for Youth Cancer Trust and £250 for Crofton Junior School to build a wild area.

Cumbria Floods Disaster Relief was sent £500 to help people rebuild their lives.

The club's projects include a community minibus, to be run jointly with Biggin Hill Scouts, recycling of used spectacles and hearing aids and a shoebox appeal for Belarus. The group has been able to fund a senior citizens' Christmas Party and an It's a Knockout competition for disabled youths. The Lions need new members to help continue their work. Phone Malcolm Lowing on 01959 576628 or visit www.

bigginlions.2ya.com to find out more.

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