100 plus guests enjoy stunning Awards evening! The Windsor Lions, the leading local community service organisation, celebrated in style on Friday evening in the glorious Guildhall, Windsor with a stunning presentation to over 100 guests, representing local charities, good causes and voluntary groups from all corners of the Windsor area, describing the Club’s many achievements and successes during 2017. Light refreshments were served during what was a lively networking reception. In the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough, Cllr John Lenton and Mrs Lenton, the sound and video based presentation, led by Lion Mark Fraser, spanned the year chronologically highlighting all the Club’s achievements week by week, month by month, describing Windsor Lions many and varied activities ranging from fundraising events, help and support given to those groups in need, promotional events as well as the dozens of instances of service to the local community. The presentation demonstrated the extent and the breadth of local service that Windsor Lions deliver to the Windsor community. Some of the metrics were summarised as: • 4 defibrillators installed with £1450 donated to the Windsor community project; • 40 Windsor Foodshare shifts undertaken; • 28 bus drives for Mencap members; • 4 new Windsor Lions members recruited; • 20 social events successfully undertaken; • 34 cases of community support delivered with £2000 donated; • 12 Leos (Lions of the future) recruited at Windsor Boys School; • £50,000 charitable donations made. The proceedings were cleverly interspersed with a number of award presentations to both representatives of local charities and good causes benefitting from the Lions fundraising events, as well as the members of volunteering groups who had participated in them. Winners of the major 2017 initiatives – The Lions Den, the Windsor Great Park Horseride and the Swimathon – were showcased with certificates and trophies awarded. Cheques to the value of over £40,000 were presented to the beneficiaries including RDA, Thames Valley Adventure Playground, BlueAcre Stables, SportsAble, Chemogiftbags, Windsor Horse Rangers, Cancer Research UK, The Know How, Windsor Foodshare, Eden Day Unit and Mencap. Volunteering groups and other organisations awarded included local Brownies and Guides, Slough Fostering Association, Clewer Green School and Winkfield St Mary’s School and Family Action RBWM Young carers, amongst many others. Two surprise awards were made by District Governor Lion Dave Hodges of a Lions Centenary badge to Windsor Lions President Paul Maxwell on behalf of Windsor Lions for the Club’s exceptional service achievements and a personal award to Lion Mike Sells for his excellent work for Windsor Lions. The evening was concluded by Lion President Paul Maxwell who gave an emotional and heartfelt address which thanked all volunteers, organisations and local charities who help and support the needy in our community. He praised members of Windsor Lions for all their efforts throughout the year – and every year – and made a special plea to help Windsor Lions spread the word in the local community about the great work that Windsor Lions does. Afterwards Lion Paul commented: “What a fantastic evening, a brilliant evening, and a great showcase of the work and support Windsor Lions undertakes! This evening we helped to change the lives of hundreds of needy folk in the Windsor area and we do that with fun and joy in our hearts. We are so grateful for the support we receive.”