AS A member of Lions Clubs International for over twenty years I am writing to update Gazette readers about Kendal and District Lions club, a club with a long history of helping people in Kendal and the surrounding area.

The club is currently facing a crisis following the loss of our second hand book shop, a shop which established a good reputation in Kendal and is missed by many local people.

The shop gave the club an income which we were able to pass on to those in need. All proceeds from the shop were used in this way. There were no administration costs.

I am aware that other service organisations have experienced a drop in membership and we will soon lose two of our most active members due to work changes.

Although small, our club is proud of its achievements. We still have committed members who are passionate about helping those people who need it in this locality and further afield.

The club has decided to begin a membership drive in a bid to attract women and men who are interested in doing something for their local community.

We are looking for people to come and join us and help us to continue our work with the Christmas Santa round, for example. We need fresh ideas for fundraising now we are without the book shop. As a member you will have the opportunity to attend monthly social events organised by our social secretary.

Can you give up approximately four hours a month? If so, we would love to hear from you. Contact me on 01539-734631 and I will give you further information.

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Bryan Robinson