The Lions Club of Knaresborough was established in 1987 as a voluntary group to serve the community of Knaresborough, Nidderdale and Pateley Bridge. The Knaresborough Lions raise funds by running community events, and distribute at least 80% of those funds to local groups and individuals in need, with the rest going to international causes. All of our administrative costs are funded by members’ subs and additional donations by members; these go into an administrative fund which is kept separate from our charity fund.
Our fundraising events include the Lions Beer Festival (held during Knaresborough’s feva arts and entertainment festival), touring the streets with Santa and his sleigh in the run-up to Christmas, and of course the Great Knareborough Bed Race. We also help to run the Knaresborough Christmas Market, together with the Chamber of Trade and the Rotary Club.
We help fund, pack and distribute food parcels for the elderly at Christmas, run outings for the elderly and for people with disabilities, donate to social causes at local sports clubs, charities, medical facilities and other organisations, support initiatives in schools and community centres, and help individuals and families facing hardship. We also contribute marshals to community and social events in the local area.
Lions Clubs International
Our club is part of Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service organisation comprising a global network of 1.4 million volunteers in about 46,000 clubs in over 200 countries.
One of the Lions’ key objectives, proposed by Helen Keller, is to be Knights of the Blind, and Lions Clubs International raise funds for sight programs at home and overseas. The Lions also support the Measles and Rubella Initiative, which is dedicated to the global elimination of measles and rubella, in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
When a humanitarian crisis strikes, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) works with and is guided by members of local Lions Clubs who are ordinary people present on the ground. The task of providing aid can be challenging but Lions are committed to ensuring their efforts genuinely help victims.
Knaresborough Lions meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 8 pm in the Working Men’s Club on Kirkgate. If you are interested in helping your local community and getting involved in events such as the Bed Race, or if you would like to send a request for our help, or if you would like to make a donation, please send us a message via one of the buttons below.