Teddy Bear Project

A volunteer in South Africa putting the finishing touches to the Teddies

We recently sent a further batch of knitted teddy bears to Krugersdorp. The bears are finished by the local lions club in South Africa for use by the Teddy Bear Clinic. The clinic provides therapy, counselling, assistance, love, comfort, safety and ongoing support to children who have been abused. Peggy Du Plooy of the Krugersdorp Lions Club said “we are most grateful for the teddies you send, the need is so great here and it is getting worse with the rising unemployment and political upheavals”. We have been sending teddies to South Africa for over ten years and would like to thank the local residents including those from Queen Alexandra Homes who knit the soft toys and Peskett Solutions and Tuffnells Parcels Express who sponsor the transportation.  

Safety in Action

We annually sponsor a prize for this project - engaging with 15 schools and 850 pupils on a safety educational initiative. Supporting the Police, Fire and Ambulance deliver a children’s interactive safety event to teach children through simulated scenarios about keeping safe in a variety of situations. The idea is to learn through doing - rather than just being talked to! 

Photos from winning schools in 2015 (South Downs Special Community School), 2016 (St John's Meads C of E Primary School) and 2017 Tollgate Community Junior School CLICK HERE


We presented Lions Life Skills educational training guides "I Am I Know I Can" and "Life Changes" (loss, change and bereavement) to Willingdon Primary School. Mrs Denyse Weller, Leader of Learning for Curriculum at the school said "I would like to thank the Lions for donating the material, it will be used for the personal development of students throughout the school". Photograph shows President Graham Parish presenting the guides to Mrs Denyse Weller in the presence of Headteacher Mrs Kerry Twiselton.


The Friday 3 

On Friday 6th October 2017 we presented defibrillators to Eastbourne RAFA Association; Gateway Church Hampden Park and Cavendish Sports Centre


In August 2016, working in partnership with Eastbourne Borough Council, a defibrillator was installed at the Tourist Information Office in Cornfield Road.

We are working with Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne First Responders actively seeking sites to install new PADs to benefit the greatest number of people in the Eastbourne Area. We have already contributed over £5,000 towards the defibrillators shown in the photographs above.
Driving the “Save a Life” campaign Eastbourne Lions Club spokesman said “Any business or organisation can buy a Defibrillator at any time they don’t have to wait until somebody has a heart attack”.

In Partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care

This year we helped with the collection at Tesco Superstore in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care daffodil appeal.

Katrina Kirby, Partnership Manager for Marie Curie said “The Lions Clubs’ support of the Great Daffodil Appeal over the past three years has been incredible. Through their efforts, they’ve funded an amazing 25,000 hours of nursing care.”


Following a talk by Professor Douglas Chamberlain at a recent Club Meeting we agreed to join the Save a Life Campaign and work with interested parties to identify the need for futher defibrillators within the Eastbourne area.

Pestalozzi Village

We are delighted to have donated a pallet of bricks for the new Centre and therefore become part of Pestalozzi Village history. We were challenged by our International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada to connect with our community with a Centennial Community Legacy Project during our Centennial Celebration. Our club members concurred that this project which enables international students to live in a multi-faith, multi-cultural community in East Sussex. achieves this objective locally, nationally and internationally. Click here to go to Pestalozzi website

Photo above: Tsungai, a Leo Club member, along with James (Fundraising Officer), receiving a cheque from Alec Stephens of the Eastbourne Lions Club

President's Project 2015

children with cancer fund

We aim to raise £3,000 plus  to support over 100 families at Christmas by funding the Christmas Party including food, entertainment and presents following a trip to a matinee performance of the Pantomime Peter Pan. To learn more about this children's charity CLICK HERE 

Donations for this Children with Cancer Fund project can be made by text as detailed below:


Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle is not solely a Lions initiative, however it is an initiative that we at Eastbourne Lions Club have taken to and recognise as a means of fulfilling our motto “We Serve”.

This scheme is free to the user. Whilst it is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can fall downstairs, so this scheme can benefit anyone, including you. As a minimum it will save the Emergency Services valuable time identifying you and your emergency contacts. By telling whether you have special medication or allergies or not, it is a potential lifesaver and provides peace of mind to users and their friends and families.

Bottles can be obtained please contact our Club Secretary Tel 08458 332705

Photograph taken at the powerpoint presentation given by Lion Alec Stephens to the Eastbourne Disability Involvement Group (DIG) in February 2016.

For more information click here

Message in a Wallet

Used Spectacle Project

We actively collect used spectacles which we send to our colleagues at Chichester Lions Club who co-ordinate the national scheme.  They are then sorted by a team of Lions in a small workshop at their Apuldram Centre. Sorted spectacles are graded by Medico France in Le Havres. Inside Out Trust in the UK also grade spectacles in two UK prisons using equipment provided by Chichester Lions. Graded spectacles are supplied to order to developing countries for use in clinics and eye hospitals.

We have a spectacle bin in most of the opticians in Eastbourne where you can deposit your old specs. Used hearing aids can also be deposited at these collection points.

The Blood Runners of Sussex

We have presented a second cheque for £1000.00 to the Blood Runners, which is a UK registered charity that provides night time transportation of blood, blood products and other urgent medical items for NHS Hospitals across Sussex. The service is provided free of charge to the NHS from 19.00hrs to 06.00hrs, 365 days of the year via a committed team of volunteer riders and drivers often using their own vehicles. Our total donation of £2,000.00 will sponsor a local motorcycle for a year.

For more information click here 

The Little Yellow Duck Project 


The Little Yellow Duck Project involves people around the world handcrafting little yellow duck gifts as random acts of kindness that are left in public places for others to find. A special tag on each one invites the finder to take their gift home to brighten their day and to visit The Little Yellow Duck website to register where they found their gift. We hope that the stories and information found will encourage them to pledge their own random act of kindness by registering to donate blood, bone marrow, organs tissues. Eastbourne Lions Club has joined forces with the Willingdon WI (companions in craft) and RVS Knitter Natter Club to produce and distribute little yellow ducks that will be looking for good homes. For more information click here

Peace Poster Competition 2018

The President and members of the Lions Club of Eastbourne attended the St Thomas A Becket Catholic Junior School to oversee the local heat of the District 105SE Lions Poster of Peace Contest for children between 8 and 10 years old. The Deputy Mayor of Eastbourne and the Lion President had the job of choosing the winning painting from over a 60 entries. This was an exceptionally difficult task as the standard of the paintings was very high for children of their ages. The winning poster (centre) on the theme "The Future of Peace" was submitted by Orlaith CLICK HERE for more photos of prior years.

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