The annual Lions Community Fund 2021 has awarded grants of up to £600 to eleven organisations, including Ryedale YMCA, Malton Riding Club, and Norton Hive, to fund small projects in their organisations.
Lions President, Di Keal, said: “We were delighted by the number and variety of groups who applied to our Community Awards. The last 18 months have been very difficult for all charities, including those small charities who do such vital work locally, due to the pandemic which has made it very hard to fundraise as no events have been allowed to take place.
“Our aim in providing the grants is to help with projects that these smaller charities really want to deliver locally and just need a modest grant to support their work. We hope that by offering this support now we can kick start fundraising activities again and help these crucial local charities to thrive.”
Grants were awarded to Swinton District Excelsior Band, Malton Riding Club, Norton Hive, Ryedale YMCA, The Woodhams Stone Collection, The Camphill Village Trust, Kirkham Henry Performing Arts, Musical Memories, Westow Cricket Club, Settrington Village Hall, and the Fire Station Pre-School.
Alongside the Community Awards, the Lions have also distributed money raised from their special appeal to support people affected by the flooding in Malton and Norton in February.
Grants have been awarded to individuals and organisations whose properties were badly affected by flood water, in addition to the Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, who were called in to support the emergency response to the floods.
Di Keal added: “As someone who has been personally affected by flooding, I know what a devastating experience having your home flooded can be.
“We have been able to support some people who were very badly flooded, as well as The Fire Station pre-school on Sheepfoot Hill, that lost some of their play equipment in the flood.
“We are also pleased to support the Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team who supported the Environment Agency and the emergency services during the February floods to bolster the flood defences in Norton.
“They do an incredible job in the area throughout the year rescuing people from all sorts of accidents and mishaps and because of their recent support in Norton we wanted to support their vital rescue work.”
Ian Hugill, Incident Controller and Public Relations Officer for Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue, said: “We would like to thank Malton and Norton Lions Club for the generosity. Without such gifts we could not do what we do for the local community.
“The money will be spent on new lighting for our teams that will mean we can better carry out rescue work after dark across the district.”