Lions’ rural ramblings raise £4,500 for over 20 charities

ON THE MARCH: Lions President Tom Simmons with Army Cadets from Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells

Lions’ rural ramblings raise £4,500 for over 20 charities

by Andy Tong | 14th June 2019

MORE than 100 people recently embarked on two walks of different distances in the countryside around Shipbourne to assist with Tonbridge Lions Club’s important fundraising.

The 115 rambles took on either a five-mile or a ten-mile trek, starting and ending at Shipbourne Village Hall, to raise money for more than 20 charity or community groups.

Tonbridge Lions planned and marshalled the event. The shorter walking route went through Dunk’s Green, Fairlawn Estate, Ightham Mote and Budd’s Green, while the longer route extended to Carter’s Hill and Underriver.

Walkers obtained sponsorship for their chosen causes, and it is estimated that more than £4,500 was raised.

At the finish, they had their sponsor forms stamped to show that they had completed the walk, and Tom Simmons, President of Tonbridge Lions, presented the participants with a certificate.

He said: “The Lions were extremely pleased with the turnout on the day. The event gives groups that need funds the opportunity to raise them in a pleasant environment, and the comments at the finish indicated it was much appreciated.”

Among the charities and groups that benefitted were The Bridge Trust, Angel Ladies Indoor Bowls, Compaid Trust, Hi Kent, various Scouts and Guides groups, Tonbridge Army Cadets, and the newly formed Tunbridge Wells branch, Restore, the Gambian Project Overseas and the British Heart Foundation.

A group of Lions members' wives raised more than £180 for the town’s Dementia Friendly Community of Tonbridge.

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