Alton Lions visited Bushy Leaze Children and Families Centre on Tuesday last week (June 21) to see how the Alton facility plans to spend the £1,250 donated to them as a result of this year’s Lions Easter Eggstravaganza project.
The money was raised thanks to the generosity of 22 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 The Wheatsheaf, the Market Hotel, the White Horse, the Bakers Arms, The Crown, the Eight Bells, the French Horn, The Railway, The White Hart at Holybourne, The Greyfriars at Chawton, The Royal Oak at Lasham, The Three Horsehoes at East Worldham, The Jolly Farmer at Blacknest, The Cast of Comfort at Medstead, The Golden Pheasant at Farringdon, The Binsted Inn, Alton Golf Club, Worldham Golf Club, Chawton Park Bowls Club, Time Hairdressers (Alton), Alton School, and Wey Valley Radio (with SpecSavers).
In thanking Alton Lions and their supporters, Helen Porter, Interim Head Teacher at Bushy Leaze, explained that the money would be put towards the upgrading of one of centre’s rooms into a ‘Therapies Room’.
She said: “We are looking to redesign, re-carpet and refurbish the space to make it a much more useable and comfortable area for our children, families, and Family Support Service to use.
“The financial support we are receiving means we can get started before the end of this term and make good progress over the summer break, ready for the new term in September.”
She added: “Future donations will mean that we can add to and develop this space over time, continuing to make a difference to our children and their families.”
In thanking Mrs Porter for showing the Lions around the centre, Alton Lions Vice-President, Moira Baker, said of Bushy Leaze: “Alton is so lucky to have a centre like this. 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.”