Before the start of a recent meeting of Malvern Hills Lions Club. President Dave Jeavons made presentations of different amounts to a number of young people, to help them with the funding of there various projects and activities. The recipients were.
Lydia Dean is a local second year medic student at Cambridge University. She is one of 40 Oxford, Cambridge and UCL students chosen by the charity Education Partnerships Africa from the universities to go to schools in Kenya and Uganda each summer. Lydia will leave in July and spend ten weeks working closely with a partner in schools to oversee the efficient running of the investment programme, as well as running local projects. She believes that the project has a great impact on the quality of education in those local areas, and will be an incredible opportunity for her to become part of a community in a different culture. Lydia has raised over £1,000 of the money she needs herself by fund raising in various ways. She said that this donation will be a great help towards the remaining cost of her trip.
Emma Witherford has been selected to be a member of the GB Freestyle Kayaking Team. This qualified her to compete at The World Freestyle Championships. She regularly trains at the Wychavon Kayak and Canoe Club based in Pershore and travels to the Thames Valley for coaching and practice. Emma believes that the coaching sessions helped her to finish Joint 1st overall in the Junior Women’s category at the GB Selections. Her aim is to be in the top 5 paddlers at The World Championships. In the 1st year of competing internationally she finished 4th in The Europeans Championships and 3rd in the World Cup Series. Again Emma has raised money herself in a number of ways. She said that the very kind donation from Lions will really help her get to the European Championships in Germany this year.
Aimee Stephenson spends as much time on the water sailing as possible. Some times this can involve a round trip of 300 miles to attend training and coaching courses. She has regularly competed with RYA GBR Squad members sailing in Toppers and Laser Radials and came first in the Junior Coronation Cup. She also beat Adam Rowlet in his Laser Radial to come first in the Junior John Morgan Cup. Aimee at present trains with the UK youth squad and has recently competed in the National Winter Championships in which she was sailing in Arctic conditions with incredibly strong winds. Her aim is to go to the World Championships in Ireland in June and then the National Championships in Scotland. Aimee’s mother thank the Lions for their donation and said that as a single parent, any help to support a talented and ambushes young person financially was very welcome.
Georgina Atkinson is a Girlguiding Ranger with the 5th Malvern Link Guides and Rangers Group. She also helps with 7th Malvern Link Brownie Unit as a Young Leader. She is the only one from the Malvern Division of Girlguiding to be fortunate enough to be selected to join a team to represent Girlguiding Worcestershire on a trip to the USA and Canada in August 2016, this is as part of the county Stateside team. The team is called ‘The Worcestershire Wanderers’. They will be visiting New York, Ontario and Massachusetts over a period of eleven days and also getting involved in charity work while they are there. Georgina herself has again raised a lot of the money she need to make this trip.
She thanked the Lions for helping her to have this great opportunity to taking part in this trip, travel outside of Europe and experience a different culture and also hopefully make some fantastic new friends.
Club President Dave said that it was a great privilege for Malvern Hills Lions Club to be able to help these young people in this way and was amazed at there dedication and achievements.
Other donations that the club has made recently were to Emily Lloyd, a member of Girlguiding Worcestershire. One of only eight girls to been selected to represent this
county at the Cabana World Centre. The donation was to help fund travel expenses, accommodation and the personal kit that she will need.
A further donations has been made to 1st Malvern Link Scout Group to enable them to purchase a replacement Microwave cooker and Toaster to go into their newly refurbished kitchen.
At the start of the meeting that followed the presentations, Club President Dave inducted, pinned and welcomed Paul Rivers as a member to the club.