Newsletter - December 2016

I think Lenny the Basingstoke Lion must have been given an early Christmas present of a flying carpet. He certainly managed to flit about Basingstoke like a demented bluebottle over the Christmas period. He appeared at the Tesco food bank where he helped to raise £130, served early morning breakfasts, took part in the Christmas parade and the Daniel Rolfe fun day in aid of Wessex Heartbeat. All that in addition to doing shifts in support of our own collections which, thanks to everyone’s generosity, raised £2847. Many thanks to all who contributed and to ASDA, Homebase, Old Basing Co-op and the Chineham Shopping Centre for allowing us to collect on their premises. Now, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it is always someone different in the Lion suit. But it isn’t. Typically it’s our President hiding her light under the proverbial bushel.


WELFARE: Over the Christmas period we made donations to homeless charities,  the women’s refuge and organizations serving the needy elderly. It’ll be a couple of days until I find out what else our committee has been doing.


04/03/2017 CHARITY SWIMATHON: We are now contacting  schools, colleges, sports clubs and businesses to invite them to enter teams in this event. The 2017 SPECIAL OLYMPICS are being held in Sheffield this year. This gives swimmers with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to compete against their peers. Members of The Basingstoke Bluefins (Disability) will be competing and we will be supporting their participation. You too can  help us by getting together a team of 6 to swim in our event which also allows you to support other charities. Get on our website. Click the link on the Home Page. Click “contact us”. Enter the name of your organisation, your team name, your team captain’s name and an email contact address. It’s that easy. Even I can do it.

08/04/2017 QUIZ NIGHT: Come along and see how many brain cells you’ve lost as a result overindulgence during Christmas and  New Year. Contact Philip Wilson Tel: 01256 352393 or to book your table