Community Support

1/2 March 2019: Marie Curie Collection

Every year Wokingham Lions Club help Marie Curie with their annual Great Daffodil Appeal.  This year was no exception, and over the two days we participated we collected over £1,000

1 – 7 December 2018: Can-Can Appeal

We ran our annual Can-Can appeal in December, where we collected food donations outside Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets.  We collated the donations into more than 200 food parcels that we donated to numerous needy indiviuals and organisations in the locality.  This event is always well supported, and the recipients are extremely grateful for the bit of Christmas Cheers that we bring them.

Saturday 11 November 2018: Wokingham Armistice Day

This was a very poignant day, being exactly 100 years since the end of the first world war. The usual parade and church service were followed by wreath-laying in the Town Hall. Our president Debbie Slay and vice-president Lyn Bailey laid a wreath on behalf of Wokingham Lions Club.

Saturday 27 October 2018: Wokingham Armistice Day centenary commemoration

Wokingham Town Council organised a number of events to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first world war.  Several of these events took place in the town centre on Saturday 27 October.  Wokingham Lions manned a tea and cake stall in the town hall, with all proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal.

Saturday 13 October 2018: World Sight Day

One of Lions International objectives is to address sight problems around the world.  Every club helps with this through the Spectrek initiative trough which they collect unused spectacles and recycle them to third world countries.  This scheme is explained in detail in our Spectrek page.

Sunday 15 September 2018: Wokingham Heritage Day

Wokingham Council organised this event to celebrate our national heritage.  This year’s theme was Extraordinary Women and our president, Debbie Slay, was honoured to be chosen as one of those honoured as a mark of recognition for the many years she has been involved with Wokingham Lions, supporting local good causes.

2 – 7 December 2017 – Can-Can Appeal

Can Can is a community service project Wokingham Lions Club has been running for over 20 years. We liaise with local supermarkets who allow us to set up a stall outside their store. We then hand a leaflet to their customers which asks them if they could buy a non-perishable food item as part of their shop and donate it to us.

From the proceeds we make up parcels of assorted items which we deliver to those less fortunate in our community in the form of a little Christmas gift. This year we made up  220 parcels which we distributed to the elderly living at home and in state run care homes, single parents with young families, day centres for the elderly, Wokingham Hospital, social services, CAB clients and the Salvation Army. We also donated some to the Wokingham Food Bank.


October 2017 – Teddy Bear Hunt

Ten Teddy Bears were displayed in town centre shop windows, and all the children in the town were invited to search for them.  Those that found all ten teddies were entered in a draw. The first ten names drawn each won one of the teddies. The winners were invited to meet the Town Mayor, Councillor Peter Lucey, and the Mini-Mayor, Caitlyn Hyde, who presented them with the prizes


August 2017 – Centenary Tea Party

To help celebrate the centenary of the formation of Lions Clubs we organised a tea party for local elderly residents at Wokingham Theatre. We collected 48 residents from their homes and gave them tea, sandwiches and cakes.  Lion John Cleary entertained them with a selection of all-time favourite songs and music from the West End, and the theatre’s Bob Hill recounted an amusing West Country tale.

The weather was kind to us so the event was held outdoors.

John Cleary sang a selection of all-time favourites and music from the West End
The organising team - Alison, Alan, Paul, Lyn, John, Jean, Mike, Sue, Marie and Candy
Bob Hill recounted an amusing West Country tale

March 2017 – Marie Curie Daffodil Collection

Since entering into partnership with Marie Curie in 2013, Lions Clubs’ support of the Great Daffodil Appeal has been incredible. It has helped fund an amazing 31,000 hours of care for people living with a terminal illness. In 2015 the partnership was extended for a further three years.

Wokingham Lions Club helped by collecting outside Morrison’s supermarket.  Over the three days of the appeal we collected £1,171.25 for them.


February 2016 – Teddy Bear Hunt

During the February half-term we organised a Teddy Bear Hunt in Wokingham Town Centre, placing teddies in ten shops and inviting children up to 11 to find them. There was a small charge for entry which covered the cost on the teddies, which were presented to the winners by Town Mayor, Philip Mirfin and Mini-Mayor George Bradley

Teddy Bear Hunt

Wokingham Hospital Sensory Garden

Several years ago we sponsored a sensory garden as a facility for patients at Wokingham Hospital.  We now maintain the garden:

June, 2015 – Sue Balchin Memorial Bench unveiled

A bench in memory of Sue Balchin MBE was unveiled today in Howard Palmer Park by Wokingham Town Mayor, Councillor Philip Mirfin. Inscribed in the bench are the words “Donated in memory of Susan Balchin MBE 1940-2015 who worked tirelessly for the local community.” The idea for the bench came from members of the Wokingham Lions Club, who attended the unveiling, along with members of Sue’s family.

The mayor spoke of Sue’s devotion to those less fortunate in the Wokingham community, and the many organisations and individuals she was able to help. Her step-son Roger Balchin said those who sit on the practical and beautifully crafted bench can think of Sue in a quiet and very pleasant location. He remembered Sue for her generosity, kindness and compassion.

In 2013, Sue was awarded an MBE for her service to the Berkshire community. In 1997, she became one of the first female members of the Wokingham Lions Club, and was the first female President of the Club in 2004, and again in 2009. Sue also served as Club Secretary, Social chairperson, Welfare chairperson for several years, May Fayre chairperson, stalls organiser for both the May Fayre and Winter Carnival and Public Relations officer. Every year, she organised the Christmas carol singing round the restaurants and pubs in Wokingham. Sue recently became heavily involved with the Food Bank and the homeless in Wokingham. She was a great supporter of working with young people and encouraged the most recent youth project within the Club, the Creative Youth Collective.

“Sue touched many lives in Wokingham, and we miss her very much,” said Tim Hanton, president, Wokingham Lions Club.

Sue Balchin bench photo

May 2015 – Wokingham Street Concert

Wokingham Town Council run an annual street concert which is proving increasingly popular.  Wokingham Lions assist by providing stewards.  For more details click here

Street Concert 2015