How we Serve

Lions motto is "We Serve" - and as you can see from the items below, our club is pretty active in supporting those who are not so fortunate as ourselves.

Whilst the majority of this help tends to be financially based, we are also more than prepared to "get our hands dirty" by physically helping out, after all, service is not just about signing cheques.

Each month the club members meet in our Business Meeting (which anyone is welcome to attend) when amongst other items, we decide on how to distribute our funds. This is usually following appeals which we have received but can equally be a pro-active suggestion from a club member.

If you have something you feel that Lions could support, drop us a note via the contact us page and we will see if we can help. We cannot give a promise to support everything but we can guarantee that your request will be given consideration.   





 Service in the form of activity this month.

Olney Fireworks

The club often works with other organisations in our two towns as part of our Service Program and one such volunteering group, The Olney Group, better known as TOG, are responsible for the annual Olney Town Fireworks display.   Like ourselves, mobilising a large number of people to make the event happen is an increasing problem and a number of years ago, they approached the Lions requesting our help which we were more than happy to provide.

Over the years, the Lions club have become responsible for managing the main entrance point to the display, helping ensure a smooth access for up to 3000 people each year whilst checking tickets and collecting entrance money.
This is one of our many enjoyable activities which give us a great opportunity to meet local residents whilst helping a great group of people who put on the display in a most professional manner.

Olney Defibrilators

The appeal to raise funds for additional defibrilator equipment in Olney has been extremely successful and the first of two units has been sited in Market Place.

Although housed in a secure casing protected by a combination lock, anyone contacting the Ambulance service as a result of an emergency, will be provided with the code to enable them to gain access to the equipment at the same time as an Ambulance is directed to the emergency..

The location of the second unit has yet to be decided but this will be published in the local press and this
additional equipment, we hope, will never need to be used in anger but if such a situation arises where this 

 This month we decided to support Honeypot and arranged to recycle glasses.

Honeypot Children's Charity

To further support the Honeypot Children's Charity, we decided to organise a cake stall in Olney's Market Place.

Honeypot has been operating since 1996 and works to enhance the lives of young carers and vulnerable children aged between 5-12 years old.   The only charity in the UK which provides respite breaks and on-going outreach support throughout a child's formative years, it gives young carers a break from the demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provides a safe, nurturing environment where children at risk can develop their true potential.
With donations from a number of the local retailers and many of our members and friends, we were not only aiming to raise funds for the charity but also the more important objective of raising awareness amongst the public in Olney.
Armed with publicity collateral supplied by Honeypot, we sold almost £200 worth of cakes and spoke to many locals giving them details of the charity, its aims, objectives and generally Had a fantastic morning down at the Market Place, with our cake stall. 

Olney Defibrilators

One of Olney's local businessmen felt that the existing Automatic External Defibrilator (AED) access in Olney was not providing the level of cover which the town needed as most were either in remote areas to serve a particular audience such as the sports area, club or Olney centre.   Whilst located in areas where large groups were regularly close by, opening times and time it would take to obtain the equipment was hardly ideal.

His idea was to finance additional equipment in the centre of town and he started a fundraising appeal to purchase the equipment. 
The Lions club, having provided donations to secure the previous AEDs, was approached and we again gave a significant donation towards this particular appeal.
 This month we decided to support Honeypot and arranged to recycle glasses.

Honeypot Children's Charity

Following our fact finding exercise last month, the club decided to make an immediate donation of £250 towards their current appeal which is the first of the Milton Keynes Lions Clubs donations. 
The Charity were also wanting to raise awareness of their activities and after some discussion it was agreed that we would organise an event within the next few months with that objective in mind.

One of the leading Lions service activities worldwide is working towards the eradication of avoidable blindness and as part of our sight activities this sees us collecting used  and unwanted spectacles.

These are sent to one of our UK clubs where they are checked, where necessary refurbished and eventually packed and distributed to Lions Clubs and partner organisations in countries which do not have the benefits of a first class optical facility which we enjoy in the UK.

Thanks to many local people in our area, we were delighted to be able to send over 500 pairs of 
spectacles to the club who are responsible for distribution and are pleased to know that they will be bringing good vision to many once they reach their destination.
 Children at home and abroad were the focus for our support in August

Maluba Project

Links which our club has with another Lions Club in Maluba, Zambia, led us to make a donation tothe Maluba Project.     One of our members, had communication from an 81 year old friend, Moses, who is a practicing church goer in Zambia. Whilst reminiscing, with Moses, he discovered that he too was a member of his Local Lions club and was deeply involved in a project being run by the Maluba charity which aims to give hope to children and young people who have been orphaned.
Maluba is a volunteer driven organisation, working in often desperate conditions to help feed and educate children in the area. Not having a social services organisation in the country means that, in many cases, the only opportunity for children to have any chance of a decent life is to be supported by philanthropic donations and the fundraising of volunteers from organisations such as Lions & Rotary.

The charity has had considerable successes with the children it has worked with to date but, with additional funds, even more can be done. Having already made a donation last year, we decided to give a further £500 towards the project and look forward to hearing what benefits it has brought to the children at this particular project.


Helen & Douglas House Children's Hospice

We have a number of children living locally who require the services of the Helen & Douglas House hospice.

As children who are combatting life limiting illnesses reach certain stages in their condition, so the Hospice can provide specialist care and support, not only to the child but to the family who are having to cope with providing care on a 24/7 basis.
Two local children that we have supported in the past, are often visiting the hospice to enable their parents to have some respite time and as the hospice is facing some monumental financial hurdles as it fights to continue to keep providing the services it does, the club donated the profits from our recent Gin 'n' Swing evening to Helen & Douglas House.    £750 was sent to them to assist in their fantastic support work.

Honeypot Appeal

We heard about this charity via one of our other local clubs and following a presentation by them to the Milton Keynes Lions, those members present were keen to help.

Since 1996 Honeypot has been working to enhance the lives of young carers and vulnerable children aged 5 – 12 years old and are the only charity in the UK to provide respite breaks and on-going outreach support throughout a child’s formative years.

We were amazed to find out that so many youngsters are looking after disabled parents or siblings and are carrying responsibilities far beyond their young years should be experiencing,   They are missing out on so many aspects of life as they devote their time to the person they are looking after.

Honeypot gives these young carers a break from the demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provides a safe, nurturing environment where children at risk can develop their full potential.
 International focus for our support this month

Sight Savers

The famous American author, political activist and nd lecturer Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.   In 1925, she attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."
The Lions accepted her challenge and our work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.  This month we decided to make a donation of £500 to our partners, Sightsavers who work in third world countries helping to cure blindness, prevent illnesses and conditions which will result in blindness and supporting those who are already blind and cannot benefit from the various programs available.
To date our club alone has seen many hundreds of people receive treatment from Sightsavers and similar Lions Programs which has seen them have sight restored or simple procedures which we have in the UK i.e. cataract ops being carried out.  Visit the Sightsavers website to find out the extent of their work.


Water Aid

Lions International also partner with the Water Aid charity who work with some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people.   Many areas of the world don’t have clean water to drink, decent toilets or hygiene and without these basics, overcoming poverty is just a dream.
By digging a well, or installing a tap stand in a community, the lives of adults and children change dramatically
WaterAid has teams in 34 countries across the world, working with partners to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to clean water, toilets and hygiene. Since 1981 the charity, with the help of Lions clubs, have reached 24.9 million people with clean water.

Olney Newton Link

Newton is a Rural Community, with a population of about 24,000, approximately 24 miles east of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The country is ranked 181 out of 188 countries in the World by the United Nations Human Development Indices 2015– a measurement of life expectancy, education and standards of 
The Olney Newton Link was set up some years ago by local Olney churches following the tragic civil war and our club has built a number of houses, supported the development of a skills centre, provided school furniture and contributed to a wind generator.   We are again making a donation of £250 to help the O-N Link carry out further projects with the community of Newton.


Advantage Africa

This charity, based in Olney, supports people affected by poverty, disability and HIV in East Africa and helps to improve their education, health and incomes. Helping some of East Africa’s most vulnerable people to overcome stigma and build a better future for their families and communities.
We have helped them with a number of projects in the past and we are again providing them with a donation of £250 for ongoing work.
 We were involved in our community in different ways this month

Peter Evans

Peter Evens had been the caretaker at the Olney Centre for many years and during this time, we had a tremendous amount of help from him.   Dickens of a Christmas, always a difficult time for the club due to our reducing manpower, was one of these times when Peter's support and encouragement made life that little bit easier for us.   

He would set up and break down the stalls for us, cleaned the room at the end of the event and was around if we needed any advice or support which for the Lions on Duty, was a great help.

We were extremely dismayed to hear of his death and in accordance with the families wishes, have made a donation to Willen Hospice in his memory.   We will certainly miss his assistance at this site as we are sure many in Olney will too.    

 No Support or Appeals were discussed this month

 Support to a range of projects this month


FoLiO (Friends Of the Library In Olney) was started by Olney community volunteers to assist adding value to Olney Library & keep it at the heart of the community. 

They are trying to raise money for the Olney Library which is based in the Olney Centre with specific emphasis on the groups of children they support.

They have a number of initiatives being planned and Lions were approached to see if we could assist them in their fundraising efforts.

Recognising both the benefits they bring to the Library and childrens lives not to mention encouraging their own voluntary efforts, we decided to give them a donation of £300 towards their projects.

Special Education Needs at Ousedale Campus Olney

The SEN dept at Ousedale's Olney Campus brought the issue of a desperate need of portable word processing keyboards to help students in classes.     Their previous ones have been worn out through constant use leaving them with onl 2 useable items.

With no budget left to buy new ones, we were asked if it was something we would consider supporting, even if second hand ones were the only alternative.

The club agreed to support the purchase of these to a total value of £200.

(photo courtesy of Carol O'Brien, Olney)
Olney Defibrillator - Market Place

An Olney man, wants to put a defibrillation machine on Market place following a recent event which he experienced and which highlighted that anyone collapsing in that area, does not have access to this type of Lifesaving equipment.

Having commenced a fundraising campaign in an effort to raise the £1700 necessary to purchase the defibrillator and associated accessories, he approached our club for support.

The club has decided to support the initiative and we are awaiting confirmation that it will be going ahead before we commit our funds.
Whilst we have agreed to support the initiative, a number of issues require to be addressed before we actually commit our funds and are now awaiting confirmation that the project is actually going ahead and all issues and concerns have been resolved.

 Local and International support over the festive season

Down by the Riverside

The club doesn't only deal with financial appeals and fundraising, so true to our motto of "We Serve", we often get involved with supporting other activities in our towns.

We will once again be present at Riverfest providing support to The Olney Group helping timing and removing the rafts at the end of the race.  (it should be noted WE won't be removing the rafts but rather 
managing the participants as THEY remove their own rafts)

Lions message taken to the "Bottom of the World"

Local girl, Maddie Brasier took part in an all female scientific expedition to the Antarctic which had the purpose of carrying out major environmental research and to provide role models which would hopefully encourage females to consider careers in science.

Our club provided a donation to help her achieve the £17,000 which she had to raise and negotiated with Ousedale school to enable her to speak to their students in an effort to inspire them into considering this career when the time comes for them to make decisions on their future

As part of 'the deal', she undertook to take a banner to this remote part of the world which could be used by us to highlight Lions efforts in protecting the environment - one of the major initiatives of the recent Lions Clubs Centennial Celebration. 

Lions Clubs working together for the benefit of others.

Making a spectacle of ourselves

In our quest to eradicate avoidable blindness, particularly in the underdeveloped world, our club along with most of the UK based Lions clubs are collecting old spectacles which will be transported to countries who do not have the benefit of a National Health Service.

This month a consignment of spectacles were despatched to our fellow Lions Club in Chichester who have been managing the project which has seen over half a million pairs of spectacles transported via Medico France and Vision Aid Overseas to eye camps in India, Africa and Eastern 
Europe.    Visit the website of our colleagues in Chichester to find out more about the project and its success over many years in getting spectacles to the people who need them.             Click here to view their site.

Recognition to the Lions club of Central Milton Keynes

The Lions Club of Central Milton Keynes has been working on a project at MK University Hospital to support the families of those who are patients attending the Cancer ward.   Considerable fundraising has been taking place including a group from the club who took part in a trek across China at the end of last year.

Their activities have bees supported by the other clubs within the Milton Keynes area who have given contributions and theire efforts for this very worthwhile cause were recognised when they were nominated for an award by the MK Hospital Charity.
Although not winning, they came an extremely creditable second, a tremendous result with Bharat Mianger of the Central MK Lions seen here receiving a certificate on behalf of the entire club.

 Local and International support over the festive season

Charity Begins at Home

Each Christmas, the local cause "Charity Begins at Home" organises a meal for local people in and around Olney who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas day or would certainly not be celebrating with the sort of fare that most of us have become used to receiving on that day.   The event is run in the Church hall and all food, time and organisation is done on a voluntary basis including some "meals on sledge runners" (OK it is delivered by car, but in keeping with the season, webmasters licence prevails)
Our club has supported this in the past when we made a donation to help offset some of the costs and we decided to do so again in 2017, authorising a donation of £250 towards the price of the meal etc..  A great example of the caring community which exists in Olney.

One Shot - One Life Measles Project

Lions Clubs worldwide are working to eradicate measles and are doing so in a quite inovative way.   

Find out more about how Lions are working in partnership with a number of organisations including the Gavi Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Charitable Trust and our own UK Government.

A simple, inexpensive vaccination programme is being rolled out in this initiative.   Read about it by clicking 
on the image.

Want to see what we did in previous years?   Click on the appropriate year :  

 2016  2015  2014  2013  2012  2011

Why not become involved? 

The Lions club can only be as active as numbers allow and we will always welcome help - you don't need to become a member to help us make a difference in the community.    We are always on the scrounge for people who may be willing to give an hour or so at the events we are involved with as the old proverb "Many hands make light work" is never truer than when we are fully stretched in our service activities

Register with us as one of our "Friends" and we will keep you in touch with the plans we have and the social events we organise, there really is no better way to become part of the community we live in.  Registering is simple.   Just click on the link to our Contact Page , type "Can I help?" and someone will be in touch with details of how you can become involved - remember, your only commitment will be to come and help when you have both the time and inclination....not everything we do is suits for everyone.