In March, the generous public and some local organisations enabled the Lions Club of Morpeth to send £10,000 to the Lions Clubs’ International Foundation (LCIF) for distribution to Lions Clubs in Ukraine and clubs in the countries supporting the refugees.
A number of other fundraising activities for Ukraine have been held since then and the funds donated to the club were duly earmarked for LCIF distribution.
Just recently, Morpeth Mayor David Bawn asked Morpeth Lions President Les Sage whether the club had plans to have a further street collection in view of the continuing and increasing devastation of Ukrainian cities together with the impact this has had on its citizens – many of whom have been forced into becoming refugees.
The Mayor agreed that if such a collection was to take place, he would facilitate the issuing of a licence.
He felt that there are still a number of residents in the Morpeth area who would like to make a donation, but are not sure how to go about it.
Accordingly, Les asked for the club’s support and this was enthusiastically agreed.
The Morpeth Lions President said: “As ever, we are reliant on the continuing generosity of the public.
“However, in agreeing to this further street collection, members are aware that refugees coming into our area may well require assistance.
“It was decided that following the street collection on Saturday, May 7, all funds collected together with Ukraine monies already received after the last donation to LCIF will be consolidated and then sent to LCIF.”
Also in March, people donated sackloads of items at Morpeth Town Hall that were taken to Poland for Ukrainian refugees.
If any reader wishes to find out how they can help the Lions with the collection on Saturday, please call Les on 01670 516859 or 07952 816061.