Hundreds of pounds of donations from The Whittlesey Lions donated to local community groups

President Steve Palmer donating a bingo machine to the residents of Palmers Close. PHOTO: Submitted

President Steve Palmer donating a bingo machine to the residents of Palmers Close. PHOTO: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Generous donations ranging from a bingo machine and hundreds of pounds from the proceeds of a raffle have been handed over to community groups in Whittlesey.

President Steve Palmer presented a cheque for £500 to founder Pino Soccio of Young Technicians. PHOT

President Steve Palmer presented a cheque for £500 to founder Pino Soccio of Young Technicians. PHOTO: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The Whittlesey Lions presented a cheque to the Young Technicians group for more than £500 and £700 was given to local care homes following an Easter raffle held in pubs.

A bingo machine was also donated to the residents of Palmers Close, which is a sheltered housing complex for the elderly.

Complex manager, Julie-Ann Walsh, said: “Our residents do enjoy their game of bingo. When our old machine broke down we asked the Lions if they could donate some money towards a new one.

“They did better than that the Lions bought the machine for us. We are very grateful for their generosity as the residents will get hours of fun.”


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President Steve Palmer presented a cheque to founder of Young Technicians group Pino Soccio.

The organisation delivers lessons and practical experience for young people in lighting, sound, and stage production in the music industry.

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One of the young technicians has gone on to work for the BBC as an apprentice.

Pino said: “I am very grateful to Whittlesey Lions for their kind donation. This will unable us to continue to fund this project.”

Over the Easter period The Lions went round the local pubs who did an Easter raffle on their behalf.

More than £700 was raised and donated to local care homes to enable them to have entertainment, trips out to the seaside or just a posh meal.

Mr Palmer said: “We are grateful to the local landlords who have helped us raise this amazing amount. We will be donating £150 to each home so the residents can enjoy themselves.

“It is difficult for the homes to raise money for these events and the Lions are only too pleased to be able to help.”

The Lions Club of Whittlesey was chartered in 1991.

Their aims are to offer community service, fund-raising to help the less fortunate within the community and further afield and have fun and fellowship while doing it.

They have continued to go from strength to strength and are always on the lookout for new members.

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