The Lions Club of Leigh on Sea held their very first Community Celebration last night, with guests all committed to improving the lives of others, locally and beyond.
The Lions have been very generous in their support of the Southend Churches Winter Night Shelters – CWNS at Leigh Road Baptist Church(LRBC) and other community activities of the church. The evening was an opportunity to learn how their donations have also helped make a difference to others across the area as well as the work of the church.
After some chatting and light refreshments, everyone settled down to hear more about the guests’ projects. They then surprised a few with Lions Centennial Certificates of Appreciation for community service: Alan Cook and David Elcock, both from Leigh Road Baptist Church, to The Art Ministry led by Alan Webb, and, in absentia to Lucy Watts MBE, the health and disability activist.
Southend Deputy Mayor, Cllr Mark Flewitt, joined the Lions Club of Leigh President, Ruth Bassett, in handing out the certificates, which are personally signed by their patron HRH The Countess of Wessex.
David Stanley, founder of the The Music Man Project UK, was given the Lions International Award for Outstanding Service to the Community.
Alan Cook, of Leigh Road Baptist Church said “It was my privilege to represent Leigh Road Baptist Church, and we are humbled by this kind award. To be among such tremendous people enriching the lives of others in the community of Leigh-on-Sea and hearing of their stories.We are so thankful for the support of Lions Club of Leigh on Sea and the time and effort they too put into serving and raising funds for worthy causes in our neighbourhoods!”