“We Serve” – locally, nationally & internationally

Malton, Norton and District Lions (CIO registered charity no. 1180587) raises £’000s each year.  As we are all volunteers, every penny we raise goes to good causes mostly local and the remainder assisting those in need further afield.

We’ve adapted many of our activities to meet the constraints which Coronavirus caused. Our much loved Santa’s Sleigh went ahead much to the delight of our community, albeit in a socially distanced way. With the aid of online donations from our generous supporters, we raised in excess of £20,000 which has enabled us to help those in need.

Right at the beginning of the pandemic, we stepped into action with a Coronavirus appeal. This raised thousands of pounds, much of it donated online. This allowed us to make generous donations to the Foodbank who kept many local people from going hungry, as well as supporting others affected by Covid.  We also ran a ‘Virtual Summer Lunch’ in support of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which resulted in a cheque for £3000 being presented to them.

In the last 12 months, we have also awarded a number of 10 grants to local organisations for sums of up to £600 from our Community Fund. Due to Covid, we were unable to make our presentations as in previous years but our support of the community has continued.

From October to April we deliver fish and chips to the elderly and house-bound each year. In 2o21 this continued throughout the year, as many vulnerable people were reluctant to leave their homes, and so we continued this popular service.

Recently, as restrictions have eased, our volunteers have marshalled the Racing Welfare Stables Open Day, and also at the Yorkshire Wolds Cycle event. Lion Brian Abbott even took part in the gruelling race. We also supplied some skilled tradespeople to help strip the Skatepark Half-Pipe Ramp and are supporting its reinstatement for the use of local young people.

Activities we hope to arrange once restrictions are ended include entertaining over 100 senior citizens to a full Christmas Dinner, games, and live entertainment in February.  In October we take a group from Ryedale Special Families to travel in their own carriage on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Whitby return.  During the journey, we provide a picnic lunch and ice cream.  A musical entertainer moves through the carriage encouraging the young people to join in and sing.

At the end of 2018 we became a key partner in a new community-led initiative, launched to tackle the issue of waste food in Malton and Norton. We are delighted that the project has gone from strength to strength and many tons of food have been saved from landfill. The Ryedale Free Fridge is open three days per week to enable residents and businesses to share surplus food.  Anyone who wants to is able to help themselves to quality food that would otherwise have to be thrown away.

In previous years we have taken up to 40 seats at the Malton Pantomime and Ryedale Youth Theatre productions and transported people who would not otherwise get to see the shows. In the spring we have provided transport for a number of senior citizens to see the daffodils, usually in Farndale, and provide refreshments on the way back.

In addition to all these regular events, at our monthly meeting we discuss requests for donations from individuals and a range of organisations.  We work closely with other local charities and agencies to ensure that all genuine requests are supported wherever possible.

Lions consider all kinds of requests for support and are keen to help anyone who is genuinely struggling with ordinary life and the unfortunate things it sometimes throws at us. We like to put a smile on people’s faces if we possibly can and have fun doing it. Please support us – often we can help those who otherwise might struggle.

Thanks, from Malton & Norton Lions

About Lions Worldwide

Lions Clubs International was formed in 1917 by a Chicago business leader, Melvin Jones, who wondered what would happen if people put their talents to work improving their communities. As a result of his inspiration, 1.35 million men and women today are members of the world’s largest service club association – 17,000 of them based in 900 Lions Clubs in the British Isles and Ireland.

It was thanks to the support of the Canadian Lions – and the intervention of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, that the first Lions Club in London was founded.

Canadian Lions had provided invaluable support for children orphaned in the Second World War. To thank them, the then Queen sent her equerry Colonel Edward Wyndham (later Lord Leconfield) to Canada. He was so impressed that Windsor (Ontario) Lions Club agreed to sponsor the first London club, with Lord Leconfield as its founding Charter President.

The first Lions Club in England (London) was formed on 1st March 1950 and was quickly followed by clubs in Tonbridge and Brighton. Glasgow was the first Lions Club in Scotland, formed in 1953, the Dublin Club was the first in Ireland being founded in 1955. A full 8 years later in 1963 the first Welsh club – Wrexham was formed.


Beginning in 1917

Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities? Almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let’s improve our communities.

1920: Going International

Just three years after our founding, Lions became international when we established the first club in Canada. Mexico followed in 1927. In the 1950s and 1960s international growth accelerated, with new clubs in Europe, Asia and Africa.

1925: Eradicating Blindness

Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA, and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since then, we have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired.

1945: Uniting Nations

The ideal of an international organization is exemplified by our enduring relationship with the United Nations. We were one of the first nongovernmental organizations invited to assist in the drafting of the United Nations Charter and have supported the work of the UN ever since.

1957: Organising Youth Programmes

In the late 1950s, we created the Leo Programme to provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

1968: Establishing Our Foundation

Lions Clubs International Foundation assists Lions with global and large-scale local humanitarian projects. Through our Foundation, Lions meet the needs of their local and global communities.

1990: Launching SightFirst

Through SightFirst, Lions are restoring sight and preventing blindness on a global scale. Launched in 1990, Lions have raised more than $346 million for this initiative. SightFirst targets the major causes of blindness: cataract, trachoma, river blindness, childhood blindness, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

Today: Extending Our Reach

Lions Clubs International extends our mission of service every day – in local communities, in all corners of the globe. The needs are great and our services broad, including sight, health, youth, elderly, the environment and disaster relief. Our international network has grown to include over 200 countries and geographic areas.