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Come and meet Reading Lions

READING LIONS CLUB is a local group of volunteers who aim to promote the health and wellbeing of the Reading community by improving the local environment,  helping individuals in times of need,  supporting Reading based community groups and local charities. Every penny raised goes into our community projects. Our aim is to serve the people of Reading and make a difference. We are always seeking new and fun ways of raising money.  Lions Clubs are also members of an international network of men and women who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities across the world.

GREAT NEWS! The Prostate Cancer Awareness & PSA Test event has been rearranged for SATURDAY 12th MAY 2018 More...

Contact us if you know of someone in need of assistance or of a cause that needs support

Click here for a copy of our latest newsletter and learn more about where your donations are being used.

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6th July 2018 - Charity Golf Day - Hennerton Golf Club Wargrave - Back by popular demand. Raising funds for Prostate Cancer Awareness. Click here for more news and to book your spaces. 

Hennerton Golf Course


Celebrating 100 Year's of Service

Lions logo 100 yearsWe were honoured that Lion David Hitchins was chosen to attend a celebration at Buckingham Palace hosted by our Patron Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO. Click here to see the event brochure and learn more about Lions Clubs in the British Isles.



Help in the community

A very big thank you on behalf of Reading Lions Club to Damien and Stephen for laying a lawn as part of our community family garden project and for providing your labour at no cost. The family are absolutely delighted with the result.


A big thank you to everyone that attended our fundraising fireworks spectacular on 4th November. With your help we raised £7,352.00 and are now able to support more of those in need in the Reading community. Visit our gallery to see some 'pics' from the event. 


Lions Den 2017

A successful 'LIONS DEN' - a big thank you to the 18 local community groups that came along to 'pitch' for a grant and well done to all those successful applicants. Click here for more information


Reading Lions Club continue with its support of the Nkhaba Primary School in Swaziland. A donation of £5,000 repairs a toilet block and pays towards much needed improvements to the classroom. Click here for more pictures of before and after:  

A new classroom


young leaders in service to the community

We are seeking Young Leaders who serve in the Reading Community

We are involved in an annual awards scheme, with the objective of recognising and rewarding the efforts that many young people put into their local communities.
The scheme is open to Young People between the ages of 11 and 18. Click
here for more details: 


The following are just some of the causes we have helped:

  • We awarded £6,000 in total in grants to local small charities and community groups as part of our Lions Den project. More...
  • Delivered more than 800 Message in a Bottle bottles to local health centers and community centres.
  • provided a washing machine and food vouchers for a needy family.
  • made a donation towards sleep-over respite care for severely disabled children.
  • made a donation towards a specialist motorised wheelchair for a disabled young lady.
  • donated funds for new toys for a special needs pre school.
  • Provided tickets for a group of families recommended by Reading Mencap to visit Paultons Park Theme park. 
  • made a donation to a local Primary School for a specialist chair for a disabled pupil.
  • A new dishwasher for the Urology Department RBH Reading.

And it's comments like this that make it all worthwhile:

    "Iím absolutely delighted to hear that you will be funding a new sound system for our childrenís hospice, thank you so much for your generous support."


      Congratulation to our new Club President Lion Martin Gallagher who took office on 1st July 2017.

      Martin Gallagher 2017 Well done Martin. The 'team' are looking forward to a fun year ahead.

      Click here for a message from Lion President Martin.


      A few thank you's

      Big QUIZ NIGHT - thanks to all those that attended our big Quiz Night at the Himalayan Hotspot, Tilehurst. Great fun was had by all particularly our Quizmaster Paul ĎThe Brainí Gibbons. Watch this space for details of our next quiz.

      Charity Tribute Night - Thanks to everyone that attended the Musical Tribute Night at the Grosvenor Casino Reading. A great night was had by all. Great music, good food and fundraising too. More information here...   Raising funds for 'Dogs for Deaf People' and the local branch of 'Women's Aid'.


      Trekking Kilimanjaro for Prostate Cancer:

      Trekking for prostate cancer On the 19th September Melvin Blunt, Andy Goodchild and Sean Morris left the UK to embark on a seven day walk on Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for our prostate cancer awareness & screening programme. They raised an amazing £4,600! Thank you so much - you are helping to save local lives. More...


      Recycling SpectaclesClick here to see how your unwanted prescription glasses can help those in need. 'The longest journey starts with the smallest step'.


      Reading Lions Club sponsor the football kit for a junior team based at Nkhaba Primary School in Swaziland.  More...

      Reading Lions sponsor football team in Swaziland


      Lions present cheque to Reading Launch Pad homeless charity.

      Reading Lions prestn to Launchpad

      Reading Lions recently presented a cheque for £1,197 to the Reading Launchpad Charity raised from a Comedy & Curry event at the Asian Spice in Tilehurst. (pictured left to right - Lion Mandy Young, CEO Ian Caren, Lion Andy Young, Jason McMahon, Lion Carole Irving and Lion Stuart Rowsell. Launchpad-Logo-HQ2


      A few 'Thank You's'

      Abbey Windows Quiz Night

      Thanks to Anna and Dani from Abbey Windows who raised an amazing £345.00 for Reading Lions Club with a fun Quiz Night on Wednesday 17th August at the Himalayan Hotspot in Tilehurst. Anna (pictured) was the Quiz Master for the evening with a team, headed by MD Neil Whitehead, winning the title in a tough fought contest at the sold out venue.  

      2016 CHARITY GOLF DAY - RAISES £4,000.00

      Golf Day successA big thank you to everyone that took part in our charity Golf Day. You have helped us raise more than £4,000 towards our next prostate cancer screening event. Click here for more news and photos.

      Prostate May 12

      12th May 2018 -  Prostate Cancer Awareness and PSA test event, Circle Hospital Reading is now rearranged for Saturday 12th May 2018. Click here for more detail. Click here to download your consent form.

      helping save livesClick to make a donation.

      • 6th July 2018 - Charity Golf Day. Click Here  for more detail
      • 19th August 2018 - Dragon Boat Festival.
      • 3rd November 2-018 - Fireworks Spectacular.
      • 30th November 2018 - Music Tribute Night. 


       Santa is on his way

      A very big thank you to everyone in Reading who came out to support us when Santa visited the streets of Reading. With your help we collected £7,907.04 which is an amazing amount! This support will enable us to do more for the needy in the Reading community. The following are just some of the projects that have benefited from your kind donations:

      • A contribution towards two defibrillators for two local schools.
      • Food vouchers for needy families at Christmas time
      • A contribution towards the cost of a powered scooter for a disabled person.
      • Six months entertainment for a children's ward at the RBH.
      • The provision of a Christmas lunch for 40 elderly persons at Southcote Community Hall. 


      A July Quiz night at Himalayan Hotspot raised £1,326 for Prostate Cancer Awareness

      Help for prostate cancer awareness by the Himalayan Hotspot
      The popular restaurant in School Road, Tilehurst has been owned by the Gurung family for four years. They are very generous in their support of Reading Lions Prostate Cancer Awareness and also support the Dystonia charity. More...


      Another successful clean-up at County Lock

      County Lock clean up

      Reading Lions Club has adopted the green space at County Lock and we volunteer to periodically clean and tidy the paths so that the area remains nice for the local community to enjoy. More...


      1,490 men attended our prostate cancer awareness and screening on 11th March 2017 at Circle Hospital Reading. What a great success. A very big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters for making this event possible. You are helping to save lives.

      Prostate cancer awareness


      Christmas Comedy & Curry evening raises an amazing £3,000 for the Dystonia Society Charity. Comedy and Curry Night 2016picking up a treat or Christmas gift. It was our ninth and biggest event with more comedy nights and events planned for the new year. Click the 'contact us' button if you would like to receive advance notice of our future events. More ...


      Our three award winnersCongratulations to Lions Eric, Mike and Stuart who were all Presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship award for services to the club and community.


      Can you spare some time to help serve your commnity? 
      The Lions Club of Reading meets two evenings a month to organise our community and fundraising events. Giving makes us all feel better for living. We have fun too and our reward is the satisfaction in what we do for others. If this sounds like something for you then why not come along to one of our meetings or join us at a fundraising event or help out at one of our community service projects. Or maybe join us for a social event (see calender of events).

      We meet twice a month (on the second and fourth Monday of the month) at the Prudential Ibis Club, Scours Lane, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 6AY.

      For more information please call 0845 8337 431 and speak to Lion Jo Hamblin or email

      Any help is gratefully received - and hopefully you will enjoy the activity!

      Alternatively why not become a 'Friend of Reading Lions Club':

      Do you want to volunteer? The Lions Club of  Reading is looking for new members. Read more...


      A few more Thank You's  

      SUMMER COMEDY & CURRYFEST raises £1,200 for Launchpad Reading Homeless Charity.Click here for more information. Launchpad-Logo-HQ2

      TANDEM SKY DIVE: A big thank you goes to Sharon Papierowski who took part in a tandem sky dive on 24th July in support of our prostate cancer screening programme. Visit Sharon's BT MyDonate page if you would like to sponsor her efforts.

      SWIMATHON: Thank you to Lions Eric, Mahmud, John Mack, Ebbo plus Robert and others for entering the Windsor Swimathon. Well done and congratulations on swimming the most lengths. More.....  

      QUIZ NIGHT FOR NAOMI HOUSE: Thank you to everyone that attended our quiz night in aid of Naomi House & Jacksplace. Together we raised £2,100. With you help we are making a difference. More...

      READING HALF MARATHON: A very big thank you to Steve Richardson who ran in the 2016 Reading Half Marathon in aid of the Lions Club of Reading Prostate cancer Awareness and screening project. Steve's BT MyDonate page is still open so please consider helping with his fundraising. Steve has raised more than £900 which was an amazing achievement.

      See the GetReading news article here....

      READING MALE VOICE CHOIR: Also a very big thank you to the Reading Male Voice Choir & the Spiritual Singers from Holland for a great charity concert. We are delighted and honoured that you decided to donate some of the money raised to our prostate cancer awareness and screening programme.

      A big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters. With your help we are 'making a difference'.

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      Tony Lee & Sons supports the Lions Club of Reading  Reading Male Voice Choir supports the Lions Club of Reading    Reading Buses supports the Lions Club of Reading

      BBC Berkshire   Hennerton Golf ClubTilehurst Butchers   JC Engineering Products supports the Lions Club of Reading      eden supporting Reading Lions Club abbey windows supports Reading Lions Club  Warings Bakery supports Reading Lions Club   Kingdom Coffee supports Reading Lions Club