Christmas is a barrel of laughs for Tonbridge Lions

ORGANISED: (L-R) Lions President Tom Simmons and his wife Vanessa, Cllr Pam Bates and Lion Gordon Hill

Christmas is a barrel of laughs for Tonbridge Lions

by Andy Tong | 21st December 2018

THE Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling, Pam Bates, joined Tonbridge Lions for their traditional barrel organ fundraising in the High Street on Saturday [December 15].

The proceeds, expected to be around £3,000, will provide gifts and Christmas hampers to elderly people in the community.

The Christmas collection started in 1952, when the Lions club had only existed for two years and was just starting to establish its reputation as a charitable service organisation.

Lions members had to drive a van to Brighton to collect a barrel organ at a cost of ten guineas a week.

After collecting on the street and in pubs, gifts of two hundredweight of coal and two bushels of logs were provided to the elderly.

This year the proceeds will buy 78 food ‘hampers’ for those in need, along with a donation to the Bridge Trust homelessness charity for their Christmas Party.

Lions President Tom Simmons said: “We are delighted with the response this year and send our thanks to the generous people of the town.”

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