Tuneful thank you from charity

Lions members and hospice staff join forces in song
Lions members and hospice staff join forces in song

A charity which helps people in need has said a tuneful thank you for a year of support.

For the sixth year running, members of Peterlee and District Lions toured venues in Hartlepool and East Durham and sang Christmas carols.

Festive tunes filled the hospice thanks to members of the Peterlee and District Lions Club

Festive tunes filled the hospice thanks to members of the Peterlee and District Lions Club

It is the club’s way of saying thank you for helping with fundraising throughout the year.

This year, Lions members sang at Hartlepool & District Hospice in Wells Avenue; Peterlee Care Home in Westcott Road; Hawthorns Nursing Home in O’Neill Drive, Peterlee; and the Bannatyne Care Home in Manor Way, Peterlee.

They also sang at the Abbeyvale, Yoden Lodge and Field House nursing homes which are in Blackhall; and homes in Murton and Seaham.

Twelve Lions Club members and guests attended each venue and Lions Club branch founder Tommy Miller said they took chocolates to each stopping point.

We are not all about collecting money to raise for charity. We like to give community service as well. We like to give back to the people in the areas that we get donations from

Tommy Miller, Peterlee and District Lions Club founding member

He added: “We are not all about collecting money to raise for charity. We like to give community service as well. We like to give back to the people in the areas that we get donations from.”

He said members of the Durham Constabulary Male Voice Choir joined in, as well as hospice staff.

Peterlee and District Lions Club is now planning its schedule for 2016 and is also appealing for more people to join the group.

Tommy Miller, the only one of the founding members who is still there, said: “We go round and help the needy. We donate to people.”

Lions members meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community.

Meetings are held on the first Monday in the month, from 7.15pm at the Village Inn in Murton.

The branch has been in existence for 30 years and has given out around £100,000 in donations since it first started.

Anyone wanting to join can contact 07970 189681.