The Lions Den event from Reading Lions Club opened it's doors 12th June inviting twenty charities and groups into a more friendly ‘Den’ than some and a chance to pitch for a share in £11,000 up for grabs.
Held at the prestigious Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at Madejski Stadium the evening event sponsored by Savills Estate Agents was the second such event with more planned for the future.
Ali Bird of Savills said 'Savills are committed to investing in the Thames Valley community and having lived in Reading for many years our expectations were rewarded and surpassed. I was fortunate to be on one of the panels that interviewed applicants and heard many great and moving plans from people of our town to help improve the lives of those around them. I thoroughly recommend any businesses able to do so to support Reading Lions Club ‘Dens’ as you can see that every penny donated goes straight to a good cause that we can then follow'.
In some emotional and professionally presented pitches, twenty applicants applied for up to £750 each at the one evening event. Jo Hamblin, Event Organiser from Reading Lions said. “The people of Reading support our year round fundraising. This events creates valued results for our supporters and is an ideal opportunity for anyone involved to learn about a local cause and project and make a quick decision. It also allows both Reading Lions and the event sponsors the opportunity to form ongoing relationships”.
Reading Lions are inviting any other businesses or individuals to contact them should they wish to enter the next Lions Den as a sponsor and interviewer: firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thanks to Savills and Royal Berkshire Conference Centre who helped to make this the biggest ‘Lions Den’ to date.
All the money used for the grants is raised through the generosity of local Reading people and our sponsors Savills, so a very BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us in our fundraising efforts.
With your help we have this year supported the following:·
£325.00 will be used to support the 3rd Disability Awareness Day in August 2019.
£740.00 will sponsor archway structures and fruit trees for a new mini orchard feature for a local charity using horticultural therapy for mental health & wellbeing. This will be designed and worked on by clients.
£500.00 will sponsor the supply of ‘chemogiftbags’ (care packages) to ladies and men undergoing breast cancer.
£750.00 will sponsor branded t-shirts for the front of house volunteers at an independent cinema and registered charity screening world cinema, foreign language and small budget films.
£750.00 will provide a Bursary to support a low -income family / families to attend the local group activities of a charity offering inclusive play and leisure schemes in support of disabled children.
£750.00 will purchase a podium and new music sheets for a local choir raising funds for local charitable causes including our prostate cancer awareness programme.
£500.00 will support a local group working with children with autism to provide a safe place to play and reduce the families feeling of isolation.
£600.00 will help a local based charity continue with its youth scheme aiming to help young people with special needs practice and develop their social, communication and life skills in weekly after-school sessions.
£750.00 will help a small local charity providing support and therapy to cancer sufferers. The grant will be used to create a support podcast specifically for men with cancer.
£750.00 will provide home visits to 20 families by a local children’s charity offering life-changing support to children under five years with additional needs and disabilities.
£750.00 will cover the costs of the hire of a coach to take a group of homeless and needy families on a summer trip for the day. The trip is being organised by a local charity that feeds and supports the homeless.
£750.00 will create a library of self-help books for people with autism.
£750.00 will fund a local ‘Start Project’, which is a 16 weeks course for students who might otherwise leave school with limited qualifications. Using Horticulture as the main trade for skills the grant would support the 2020 programme.
£750.00 will support the ‘Reading Games Club’ for autistic children. This group has recently lost its local authority funding.
£750.00 will purchase a new gas stove and induction hob with speaking controls to teach blind cooking and improve the meals provided at the local centre supporting blind and partially sighted persons.
£350.00 will cover the cost of a supply of re-useable cups to be given away by a local charity providing meals for the homeless.
£500.00 will help a local community group set up to support a local park in Caversham Heights to buy a defibrillator for the park and local community.
£690.00 to cover the cost of 10 new assessments at a local therapy centre’s MS self- help exercise programme.
We are delighted to have touched so many local lives with our Lions Den community grant project and were very impressed with all the work being done locally in support of the people of Reading.