• Andy Bateman

In the nick of time

The Lions Club of Morpeth is a supporter the Sick Children’s Trust (SCT). SCT provides a number of “Home from Home” for families with children who are in hospital with critical illnesses and are receiving lifesaving treatment. The children are desperate to have their families nearby and likewise the families are desperate to be near the children. One of SCT Homes is Scott House, a 20 bedroom facility at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. This was opened in 2011 and, since its opening, The Lions Club of Morpeth has made regular financial contributions to help with the running of the facility.

Lions David (left) and Chris with Jasmine Race and a selection of the cleaning materials and the much needed toilet rolls.

During a Club visit to Scott House, the House Manager Linsey Brough mentioned that Scott House was willing to accept cleaning materials instead of financial contributions. The Lions decided that this could make a lot of sense, especially when it is combined with supermarket offers. With a budget of £200, Morpeth Lions, David Armstrong and Chris Offord embarked on some detailed research at local supermarkets and discount stores. Due to allergy restraints the quest was not as simple as first thought. Fellow shoppers probably wondered what two people, in shirts with Lions logos, were doing making notes about cleaning products and toilet rolls. However they did find staff in the stores very helpful particularly when told the reason for the bulk purchasing.

Finally decisions and purchases were made and David and Chris set off in very heavy rain to Scott House. They were greeted by Assistant House Managers Jasmine and Samantha Race (a daughter and mother team) and, after a few dashes back and forth to the car in the rain, unloaded the goods. And only just in the nick of time as Scott House had almost run out of toilet paper with the official delivery being awaited. Well - Lions are there to serve in all sorts of circumstances.

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