Knaresborough Bed Race: Lions select winning causes

Lions secretary Gordon Renton, left, with Maria Dawbarn, Henshaws Centre Manager, and Henshaws student Alex Dennett. Incoming Lions president Malcolm Jennings is on the right.
Lions secretary Gordon Renton, left, with Maria Dawbarn, Henshaws Centre Manager, and Henshaws student Alex Dennett. Incoming Lions president Malcolm Jennings is on the right.
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The organisers of the Knaresborough Bed Race, Knaresborough Lions Club has announced the 13 local organisations across the district which will receive grants from the club’s 2013 community fund.

Lions President Nigel Perry said the criteria for making the grants focused on formally constituted groups raising money for worthy projects which would be of lasting benefit to the local community.

The grants were given to a range of schemes, from assisting in the setting up of a junior running club to helping fund a heating system.

Mr Perry said: “In terms of geographic spread, we invited applications from Nidderdale, Knaresborough and surrounding villages, and shared facilities in Harrogate.”

“A cap was set of £1,000 per application.

“The fund doesn’t cut across what we do for individuals, families and long-established national and international causes,” he added.

“There were several other applications which we have been unable to help and we are sorry for this. But we have selected what we feel are the most appropriate.

“We looked at tangible projects that are new. In most cases we have contributed sums that are part payment for what is needed. We are delighted to play a role in the community in this way.”

Funds have been awarded to Knaresborough in Bloom for a tree identification project, a communal composting project and finances for a day out for 21 young carers.

Improvements at sports facilities and amenities at Dacre and Hartwith, Knaresborough Forest CC, the Darley pavilion and Knaresborough Cricket Club have also been supported.

The Lions provided cash for the heating system at Holy Trinity Church, a new greenhouse at Henshaws, for training at Yorkshire Yoga, for Renaissance Knaresborough, Nidd Valley’s junior running club and for the carving of stone pillars in and around Pateley Bridge as part of a Visual Arts project.

The Knaresborough Lions Club organises the Great Knaresborough Bed Race, holds an annual Beer Festival and sells mulled wine at Christmas markets in Knaresborough and Harrogate to raise funds.

It engages in welfare projects and helps fund and arrange the provision of food parcels for the elderly.

The club meets twice a month at the Borough Bailiff and welcomes new members. Those interested can call 01423 863419 for details.