Alton Lions visited Bushy Leaze Children and Families Centre on Wednesday (June 7) to see how the Alton facility plans to spend the £1,200 donated to them as a result of this year’s Lions Easter Eggstravaganza project.
The money was raised thanks to the generosity of 16 outlets in the town and surrounding villages who raffled off giant Easter Eggs and toy lions on behalf of the Alton Lions initiative, designed to support the children and families who benefit from the services provided by Bushy Leaze.
The outlets included: Alton Golf Club, the Eight Bells, Castle of Comfort at Medstead, Chawton Park Bowls Club, The Crown, the French Horn, the Golden Pheasant at Farringdon, the Greyfriars at Chawton, the Three Horseshoes at East Wordlham, the Jolly Farmer at Blacknest, The Market Hotel, the Railway Arms, Triple fff Brewery at Four Marks, The Wheatsheaf, the White Hart at Holybourne, the White Horse and Worldham Golf Club.
In thanking the Lions and their supporters, Becky Hussey, Head Teacher at Bushy Leaze, explained that the money would be put towards the £10k refurbishment of the centre’s Sensory Room.
Launched earlier this year, the project is halfway towards its target.
Ms Hussey said: “We would like to thank the Alton Lions for the generous donation towards the refurbishment of our sensory room. It is an important resource which provides a calm, safe space where our children can self-regulate, explore and learn using their senses.”
In giving his thanks to all those outlets who joined in this year’s Eggstravaganza, and in particular Alison and Mark Evans, landlords of the Three Horseshoes who have also been raising money for Bushy Leaze with their monthly quizzes, Alton Lions Eggstravaganza organiser, John Smith, said: “Alton is so lucky to have a centre like Bushy Leaze. It provides a happy haven where children and families can receive the help and support, they need in a warm, bright, and friendly environment. It is a very special place of which Alton should be justifiably proud.”
Bushy Leaze Head Teacher, Becky Hussey (left) and nursery school children, Oskar, Charlie, Archie, and Maisie receiving a cheque for £1,200 from Alton Lions (LtoR) John Smith, Margaret Willoughby, Moira Baker and Janet Gwynne.
Following their sterling fund raising efforts on behalf of Bushy Leaze children and Families Centre, Alison and Mark Evans, Landlord and Landlady of the Three Horseshoes at East Worldham called in to meet Headteacher, Becky Hussey (left). They are joined by Alton Lions, Moira Baker, and John Smith. Behind them is the barometer showing the progress of the centre’s fund-raising effort in aid of the centre’s Sensory Room refurbishment project.