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Lions' club raises £25k for charities in a year

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 12, 2014

FUNDS RAISED: Lions' president Rob Gibson with Sarah Snell, the main fundraiser of charity Merlin MS Centre.

FUNDS RAISED: Lions' president Rob Gibson with Sarah Snell, the main fundraiser of charity Merlin MS Centre.

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THE Torpoint and Rame Lions' Club (TRLC) celebrated raising more than £25,000 for charity in 2013 at its 36th anniversary dinner.

More than 76 guests attended the annual dinner on Saturday, including Sheryll Murray, South East Cornwall MP, and Mike Pearn, the Mayor of Torpoint,

The self-funded TRLC accepts donations from the public and uses the charity funds to help local individuals, local youths, the elderly and charity organisations.

Rob Gibson, TRLC president, presented a cheque for £1,000 to Sarah Snell, the main fundraiser for the charity Merlin MS Centre, which is based in Hewas Water, St Austell.

The centre provides a range of expert care, support and therapies to improve the lives of those with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions, their families and their carers.

Mr Gibson said: "The Merlin MS Centre is one we supported when it began some years ago and when I looked at what it has achieved in that time to care for so many people with MS and other related illnesses, I was impressed. Money is donated by merit on appeal."

More than £21,000 has been given to organisations in need including the St John Ambulance Service, The Haven, Children's Hospice South West, The Freewheelers, RNLI, RNIB, school programmes and for specialist equipment for hospitals and surgeries.

Mr Pearn said: "It was a fantastic evening. In my speech I wished them all the success in their hard work.

"It was good company and music."

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