Lions in our Community

New Milton Lions helps Arnewood School towards a big target

Parents at The Arnewood School have rallied together to help boost the school’s funding. A new Parent Staff Association (PSA) has been formed to support The Arnewood School in New Milton and has already scored a hit by attracting a £500 donation from the Lions Club of New Milton to fund a new PC and monitor.

Now the PSA is appealing to other local organisations and businesses to make similar donations. PSA co-founder Jo Ankers said: “It’s been well publicised that there is a national school funding crisis and schools in the New Forest are very much affected by this. As parents, we wanted to do our bit to support the school so a few of us came together to reform the PSA, which had been wound up a few years ago. We are incredibly grateful to the New Milton Lions for being our first community donor”
The PSA are now are urging other businesses and organisations to make similar donations – effectively sponsoring a new computer for the school and have set an ambitious target of £10,000 which would fund the replacement of equipment for one IT classroom. Many of the computers are now nine years old and desperately need to be replaced. Sadly, expenditure on IT equipment is not a high priority given the overall economic constraints the school is facing.
Commenting on the Lions Club’s donation, Peter Bousfield, Chair of Welfare Committee, Lions Club of New Milton said, “When we received the funding application from The Arnewood School PSA and were made aware of the financial hardship the school is facing, we were happy to get the PSA’s fundraising activity up and running, and to make a positive contribution to the school community”

New Milton Dementia Friendly Allotments

New Milton Lions have donated a Shelter to the New Milton Dementia Friendly Allotments.

Honeypot Children's Charity

New Milton Lion President Jeanne Jackson presents a Cheque for £700 to Viv Carter who is the Regional Community Fundraiser for the Honeypot Children's Charity.  Honeypot give seven children from this area a weekend break at Honeypot House, the children are also visited by the Honeypot play bus three times a year and receive birthday and Christmas cards and presents from the group each year between the age of 5 and 12 years of age. These children are all carers for someone in their family.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

Cheque for £2,500 for operational use.

Ashley Junior School

Cheque for £600 for Play Equipment at the School.

Pilgrim Bandits - New Milton based Charity that helps Injured Soldiers

Cheque for £1,000 to go towards the cost of equipment for a challenging expedition.

'Simon Says' - Children's Bereavement Charity

Grants totalling £3,000.

Finlay Wood - Local Schoolboy & Rugby Player/Coach

Cheque for £200 towards his travelling expenses while coaching young Rugby Players.

Ordinary People, Amazing Things