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We meet in Burrendale Hotel and SPA every second Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm. Coffee Morning every last Thursday of the month at 11am in different venues agreed at the regular monthly meeting.

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Tools For Solidarity have sent thanks to Newcastle Lions for the sewing machines the club collected in March

The machines were serviced by TFS and shipped to Njombe Artisan Support and Training Centre Tanzania.

In April TFS went to Njombe to help train students like Fausta who can now provide for her family a good income through sewing.

On Saturday Newcastle Lions Club held a very successful street collection in aid of Cancer Fund for Children. Thank you to everyone who donated to the appeal.


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Four weeks ago after a successful appeal for donations to purchase very expensive replacement batteries and electrode placement pads for five defibrillators, Newcastle Lions replaced these packs to defibrillators in Castlwellan and Newcastle.

On Tuesday, Newcastle Lions members were surprised to learn that in the previous hours one of the defibrillators managed by them, had been used in an incident to help someone in need. As shown in the photograph, the defibrillator was used.

The surprising thing was that this was the fourth defibrillator from a different location each time, that had been removed from its cabinet in the last ten days and taken to an incident. Thankfully in the case of the previous three, the defibrillators were not used and were returned to their cabinets.


In managing the ten defibrillators in Newcastle and Castlewellan, as a volunteer Newcastle Lion guardians , have to inspect each of the defibrillators on a regular basis. In doing this, they contact the Circuit / British Heart Foundation by email and confirm the defibrillator is emergency ready , the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service are also then made aware. In the case of the defibrillator that was used on Tuesday 12th April , the guardian had to order a new battery/pad pack. Newcastle Lions while highlighting this work in local papers also asked if you would like to make a donation towards the cost of maintaining the defibrillators you can visit www.lionsclubnewcastlecodown.org and click on the donate button . Newcastle lions are also glad to recruit new members whose work can include helping to manage the defibrillators. Details about Newcastle Lions are on their Facebook page Newcastle Lions ( County Down) or email lionsnewcastlecodown@yahoo.co.uk.


Photo 1 - Defibrillator guardians Newcastle Lions Dan O'Reilly and Tom Hughes install a new battery/electrode placement to a defibrillator.

photo2 - The used Newcastle defibrillator which then had to have a new battery and electrode placement renewed.





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Newcastle Lions Club are also making an urgent appeal for financial help towards the cost of replacing the batteries in five defibrillators located in Newcastle. The battery in each of the on street defibrillator costs approx £100.00 to replace . Newcastle Lions manage ten defibrillators , this involves making regular inspections of the ten and following up, after call outs by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, if the defibrillator has been used. As part of the management the Lions must have a planned programme in place to replace the battery in five of the ten during 2022.



On Saturday 12th March Newcastle Lions Club will be collecting , used tools, bicycles ,sewing machines and used glasses. As part of the preparation for the collection, opticians and the local library in Newcastle are receiving donations of used glasses on behalf of the Lions Club. All the items collected with then be delivered to Tools for Solidarity and the Belfast based Bike Aid Africa.

Photo Lion President Liz Murphy receives a donation from Base Coffee Shop owner Charlie Magennis.



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