It was a fantastic opportunity for us to thank all our supporters and partners. Their help allows us to raise more money for good causes, and make the most of the money we do raise. Last year we raised £23000 and gave away £23000, every penny goes to those who need us.
On the night we gave away cheques totalling £5000 as well as several Certificates of Appreciation.
We love being an integral part of life in Balsall Common, helping young people and old, local sports clubs, art activities, health screenings, and charities based here, in the West Midlands and we also support disaster relief efforts around the world sending money to local Lions Clubs in the affected area.
There are 38 members of our club, who last year gave 4776 hours of their time to Lions service. Alongside that we are grateful to the support of a wide range of local organisations and businesses.
The Bonfire wouldn’t be the success that it is without the Sports Association who host it, Carl Hemming for compering it, Angela Jaynes Florist, Oakes Farm Shop and the A1 Motor Store for selling tickets, the Galilieo Explorer Scouts, ATC, and Fast Aid, helping us on the night, as well as Simon Burt, Jamieson Christie, and Alan Heath and Sons who have all sponsored the event.
Santa’s Sleigh wouldn’t get to the number of houses it does without many little elves in the background and the loan of a vehicle from Unity Automotive (formerly Carstins) Berkswell and Berkswell & Balsall Common Rugby Club – particular thanks to Hugh Boulton (from Rutrailertrained), for driving Santa so many miles, Berkswell Cricket Club, Balsall & Berkswell Hornets, 2nd Balsall Common Scouts, and Coventry Phoenix Lions for their help delivering in Burton Green.
Last year with the surplus from the 100 Club we supported Macmillan Cancer Nurses Solihull and gave our local nurse Julie Goodwin a £1000 donation which will be spent locally. The Charity we will support this year is Castel Froma/Helen Lea Care Homes and their work with adults with severe neurological disabilities.
We are grateful to the British Legion, Village Hall and St Peters Church Hall for allowing us to use their facilities,
and we were delighted to offer each of them a contribution to their upkeep and improvement. The Heart of England Coop support us by allowing us to fundraise outside several times a year, and their customers are always very generous.
We would also like to thank the Editor and staff at The Bugle for their help and support they give to us.
The students at the Heart of England School are amazingly talented, providing the artwork for the Bonfire and also entering the Lions National/International Peace Poster contest. Our local winner, Emily Lindsay, won the National Competition and has been entered in the finals in the USA, and will attend the Houses of Parliament for the day and receive a cheque for £100.