Lions and Donkeys

Stock Charity Donkey Derby 2013Martin Hardwick-Smith, 1st Vice-President of Brentwood Lions Club, popped in this morning to talk about tomorrow’s Stock Charity Donkey Derby. This promises to be a great day out for the whole family, with loads going on apart from the races themselves – including a hog roast & BBQ, bouncy castles, military vehicles, licensed bar & Pimms tent and displays by many of the local organisations supported by the Club.

Martin also talked about the history and ethos of Lions internationally, and how Clubs from across the world come Martin Hardwick-Smithtogether at times of need to bring relief to disaster zones. Locally they support not just community groups and charities but also individuals – such as Tayler Goatier, who has brittle bone syndrome, and for whom the Club has provided a special mobility scooter to help her get around her university campus. As well as Tayler, the other main beneficiaries of this year’s Donkey Derby are Farleigh Hospice, MacMillan Nurses, Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, Huntington’s Disease Association, Leukaemia Research, The J’s Hospice and Stock Village Hall.

Brentwood Lions meet twice each month and are keen to welcome new members, not just from Brentwood, although Martin explained that they are an all-male Club. To apply for membership or for more details of the Donkey Derby visit the website, and listen again to our interview here:Feelgood Saturday 31 08 13 Martin Hardwick-Smith

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