Thank you to South Yorkshire Lions for their support!

Lions representatives are pictured with members of the St John’s Hospice Team with the new chairs funded by the Lions.

We were delighted to welcome Lions District Governor Kevin Hunter, along with Penny Bradley, Stuart Allen and Bob Day from Tickhill and District Lions Club, Auriol Henton, Pat Hammond and Brian Ball from Thorne Rural Lions Club, Brian Ross and Gillian Carter from Doncaster Lions Club and Mick Burke, Karen Taylor, Barry and Wendy Roughley from Doncaster Went Valley Lions Club, along with Tickhill Lions Clubs International Co-ordinator Ron Lindsay to showcase the equipment we have purchased from their generous £22,943 donation to our Hospice charity.

The funding has enabled us to purchase twelve brand new rise and recliner chairs, a state-of-the-art bath hoist and lifting equipment, as well as three sensor mat kits to support both inpatients and day patients requiring specialist palliative and end of life care.

St John’s Hospice Service Manager Sam Edwards said: “We are extremely grateful to the Lions clubs for donating such an incredible sum of money, which will greatly benefit all our patients, both in our 10-bed inpatient setting, as well as our recently re-launched Day Therapy Service.

Lions District Governor Kevin Hunter is pictured with St John’s Hospice staff with some of the new bathroom equipment.

“Patient comfort and safety are paramount for those in our care. As well as providing high quality seating in our Day Therapy Unit, the new lifting equipment will mean that even more of our patients will be able to enjoy a relaxing spa bath in our newly refurbished bathroom, and the three new wireless sensor mat kits will help us prevent falls for those patients who are assessed as being at more at risk.”

Ron Lindsay, Lions Club International Foundation Coordinator for Tickhill and District Lions said: “After holding a whole host of fundraising activities during 2023, including race nights, car shows and golf days, as well as our ever-popular Christmas Santa sleighs, we then put a bid together to receive a match funding grant from the Lions Club International Foundation and were delighted to have been successful.”

Ron added: “Lions Clubs International has been in operation for over 100 years. It is made up of 1.4 million members in 49,000 clubs and we help hundreds of millions of people every year throughout the World”.

“This is the third time our clubs have worked together across Doncaster and district, and we are delighted to be able to grant such a large sum of funding to such a deserving local charity, which supports so many patients and families.”