Sight for Surrey has received a generous donation of £2,500 from The Leatherhead Lions. The money was raised through the Lions Donkey Derby event that took place last September at Polesden Lacey and will go towards supporting people in Surrey who are blind, visually impaired (VI), Deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.

Leatherhead Lions cheque presentation to Sight for Surrey

From left to right, Rebecca Dorkins & Bob Hughes, Chief Executive from Sight for Surrey, Jim Maylnn from Leatherhead Lions, Callum Russell from Sight for Surrey, Geoff Underdown, President & Alan Baldwin from The Leatherhead Lions.

Geoff Underdown, President of The Leatherhead Lions said, “A month ago we had the pleasure of meeting Callum Russell, from Sight for Surrey, who has been blind since birth, he gave such a powerful introduction to the charity we were unanimous in supporting them. We have a number of fundraising events throughout the year and the Donkey Derby is a family favourite and a great fundraiser and we are delighted to support Sight for Surrey.”

Sight for Surrey support over 7,500 children and adults in Surrey with visual and sensory impairments in many different ways such as providing long cane training so individuals can still be independent and go out and about whilst our deafblind friendship group put on events like tandem cycling in Bushy Park and basket weaving. Our children’s team organise a plethora of fun and frolics from pizza making, ice skating and assault courses to VI soft play events for the whole family. The Deaf youth group recently went Go-Karting and some of the money from The Leatherhead Lions will go towards supporting new adrenaline junky activities for this youth group.

Bob Hughes, Chief Executive at Sight for Surrey, said “this donation is vital to us to enable Sight for Surrey to continue supporting the blind, Deaf and deafblind community in Surrey and we can’t thank The Leatherhead Lions enough for thinking of us.”

The Leatherhead Lions was set up in 1973 and their focus has always been to improve the quality of life of less fortunate people in the community by supporting local charities and providing assistance and funds for those in need. The Leatherhead Lions has raised over £30,000 for local charities. The Lions Clubs International is the largest Service Club organisation in the world with over 1.4million members in over 200 countries.