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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.



Inspite of Covid restrictions, Newcastle Lions Club were very pleased to end 2021 with a very successful Christmas Appeal for the Pantry Foodbank Newcastle.


In preparing to organise a spectacles collection the Lions Club became aware of an urgent need of a charity that the club had helped previously . In response, Newcastle Lions will now be organising a collection in early March.


Previous in March 2020 in the week before lockdown the Lions collected tools including sewing machines for the Downpatrick branch of Tools for Solidarity . This group is today in urgent need of unwanted sewing machines. It does not matter if it it is a Singer, Janome, Ptaff or Bernina all are gratefully received.


In a first for Newcastle Lions in March the club are also asking for donations of adult bicycles. The bicycles will be delivered to the Belfast based charity Bike Aid Africa. The bicycles will be repaired and then shipped by the charity to one of the poorest countries in Africa, Madagascar.


If you have difficulty in delivering the sewing machine when the Lions are collecting in March please contact the Lions on 07725725932


Photograph: Newcastle Lions Club President Liz Murphy and Lion Tom Hughes. prepare for the collections.



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On Saturday, Newcastle Lions held a collection at local garages within the rules of covid. For Lion Marian while getting ready to undertake her one and half hour shift, this involved wearing a mask, gloves and sanitising a collection bucket that secured at a distance in a shopping trolley. Like all charities this year has been difficult both to collect and for the Lions to undertake service projects, such as organising the annual senior citizens away day. Newcastle Lions would like to thank everyone for the support given. The club will be holding further events including on the 17th they invite you to take part in a pub quiz in the Harbour Inn at 9.00 pm and then on Saturday 18th while visiting TESCO Supermarket, you will have another opportunity to donate, if you missed the collection on the previous Saturday.

Dan 07725725932


Photo, Lion Marian Mc Greevy with her socially distanced collection bucket.




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