Budleigh Lions find new ways to support the town and good causes after COVID-19 temporarily halts fundraising

Budleigh Salterton Lions Club has found new ways of helping the community while the coronavirus has temporarily halted the group’s annual fundraisers.

A beach litter-pick and a JustGiving page are two ways the Lions Club has been active in the town while the pandemic continues to force the cancellation of large gatherings and events.

The club set up a JustGiving page after the Budleigh Lions had been set to raise record funds in 2020, but amid the coronavirus crisis had to cancel its annual Gala Week of family fun in May, and the August golf day.

And the group held a social-distance litter pick on Budleigh beach, in a bid to get out and about into the community after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Richard Allen, Budleigh Salterton Lions Club president, said: “We haven’t been able to carry out our normal fundraising activities during the Covid-19 pandemic so it was brilliant to be back out serving the community we all love.

“Our efforts even included finding a surprising number of pants and socks.”

The town’s Lions members rallied round to help clear litter from town after a recent how-can-we-help discussion held during a Zoom meeting.

A spokesman for Budleigh Lions said: “Fundraising income for the Lions club was set to break records this year after an amazing start.

“However, with the cancelling of the annual Gala Week in May and the Golf Day in August amongst many other events, things have come to a halt.

He added: “If you normally support the club and have missed seeing everyone on the high street then there is good news, as we learn to adapt and live alongside this virus.

“We have set up a Just Giving page and we would welcome any donations to the good causes we support.”

Donate to Budleigh Salterton Lions Club’s good causes through its JustGiving page, here.

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