Strength Of Feeling Results In Record Collection For Ukraine Refugees

Alton Lions Sarah O’Donoghue (left), Moira Baker (right) and supporter Annette Blackman, collecting in Sainsbury’s on Friday

Alton Lions Club has expressed a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all those who helped to raise more than £3,650 over the weekend to support those fleeing from war torn Ukraine.

Thanks to Sainsbury’s in Alton, Lions were fortunate in being able to collect in the foyer on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and grateful thanks go to the store and its customers for their unprecedented level of support.

Commenting on the generosity of the local community, Alton Lions President, Atul Patel, said the club had been “bowled over” by the strength of support and the sympathy expressed for the plight of the Ukrainians. “The response to this appeal has been astonishing,” said Mr Patel.

The funds collected by Alton Lions will go to the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) ‘Refugees and Displaced Persons’ Fund which has already sent thousands of dollars and dispatched care packages, including food, water, hygiene items and clothing, to Lions Clubs working on the ground, to support refugee relief in countries bordering Ukraine.

Said Mr Patel: “As a voluntary organisation, LCIF is able to send every penny raised directly to local Lions clubs working at the coal face and are best able to direct the funding to where it is most needed.”

The appeal is still open. If you would like to help Lions in this work go to and use the ‘Donate’ button on the home page, find information on or visit

Lions Craft Market in Alton town centre this Saturday (March 12) 10am to 3pm.