Community organizations secured funding from Loddon Valley Lions Club at Dragons’ Den style event

A Dragons’ Den-style event in Tadley provided seven community groups with funding for worthwhile projects.

The event, dubbed “Lions’ Den” by the Loddon Valley Lions Club, took place at the city’s Ambrose Allen Center on Saturday, October 15.

The Tadley-based club affiliated with the International Voluntary Service Organization gave total funding of £5,900 to the various groups, with the money raised in June at the Tadley Treacle Fair.

Avril Burdett of the Turbury Allotment Charity

Loddon Valley Lions Club Vice President John Goodchild said, “It was a great event; lots of good humor and excellent projects put forward.

Before entering the den, applicants gave the Lions full details of the cost of their project in the hope of securing a grant of up to £1,000 to complete it.

Representatives of the organization then presented their ideas to members of the Loddon Valley Lions Club.

All seven organizations that applied received funding.

These included Mortimer Pre-School for bespoke staff training in early years speech and language, Turbary Allotment Charity for tools to carry out essential maintenance at Silchester Common and Clift Surgery Bramley for an emergency couch. specialized examination.

The Hurst Wellbeing Garden has secured funding to provide a sensory space to support pupils with additional needs, Tadley Scout Group to renovate its Diamond Scout Hut kitchen, Citizens Advice Tadley for its energy project supporting customers at risk of fuel poverty, and Burnham Copse Primary School for costs associated with providing dog-assisted learning dogs.

Gemma Rowlands and Wilf from Burnham Copse Primary School
Gemma Rowlands and Wilf from Burnham Copse Primary School

The Lion panel included Loddon Valley Lions Club President Jane Saunders, Treasurer Geoff Foan, Fundraising Chair Eddie McGrath and Membership Secretary Vanessa Tolson-Goddard.