Sadly, two of our members stepped down this month. First was Sue, our secretary we wish her well. Second was Ron, our welfare officer, we are all hoping that after a short break he will re-join us. They will both be missed.
Hopefully, we have two new members joining us, one of three visits down. The third meeting or activity is when someone become a member. We would love more, just £20 for six months, you gain friends, new skills and make a huge difference to people’s lives.
Well done Abingdon
I am really proud of the people of Abingdon. Today I went to drop off our monthly food bank donation and found the donation bin full. I also had a meeting with someone from the Abingdon Red Box Project and she told me how amazing people have been at making donation. So well done everyone
To find out more about the red box project – http://redboxproject.org/
In 2018 we donated over £15,518 in funds and items
If you would like to know where it all went please click here
Here are some places you can go if you or someone you know are struggling
Rehab Recovery offers a free helpline dedicated to assisting those suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health problems after suffering a bereavement. Rehab Recovery was founded in 2011 by people who overcame drug and alcohol addiction themselves.
Their FREE phone number is 0800 088 66 86 -ALL DAY EVERYDAY
Samaritans. We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.
Their FREE phone number is 116 123 – ALL DAY EVERYDAY
Switchboard. the LGBT+ helpline – a place for calm words when you need them most. We’re here to help you with whatever you want to talk about. Nothing is off limits, and we understand how anxious you might feel before you pick up the phone.
Their phone number is 0300 330 0630 – 10am-10pm EVERYDAY
The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older.
Their FREE phone number is 0800 4 70 80 90 – ALL DAY EVERYDAY
SANE is a leading UK mental health charity. We work to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness
Their phone number is 0300 304 7000 – 4.30pm to 10.30pm EVERYDAY
The Mix. is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline
Their FREE phone number is 0808 808 4994 – 4pm to 11pm EVERYDAY
Mind. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
This is only with weather permitting – our facebook will keep you updated
Sorry I was unable to write a newsletter last month but here is this months
A husband, a father, a grandfather and a dear friend
Frank lived his life to the very fullest, and just as he wanted to, right the way through. In recent years he’d travelled again to Italy, where he’d visited many times with Maureen; he now went to study Art History. And he’d made it to Russia too, which he’d studied so extensively, and for so long, from a distance. Frank was so proud to have graduated with his second Open University Degree, in Art History, on his 82nd birthday. And he was so proud to have been complemented on his German accent on the Twinning trip to Seesen, just a few weeks ago.
Frank was a natural and proud member of the Twinning Associations in both Abingdon and Wantage for many years. He used to really, really look forward to the next Twinning trip to Germany or France, where he’d made another great set of friends. Frank also took great pride in his work with his friends in the Abingdon Lions, and was so honoured to serve as Lions’ President – of course he loved the International Lions Conventions abroad
We are hoping to raise £5000 for a new Philips Intellivue MX100 monitor for the Children’s ward. This is the reason we did the JR abseil, we are still waiting for all the donations to come in and be banked before we give out our total but so far we are nearly half way there.
Philips Intellivue MX100 monitor
Why are they better?
They are light and portable with a touch screen
What does this mean for the children?
This means that once the child is connected to the monitors they can take it with them anywhere in the hospital, including theatres, Intensive Care or other wards. This makes it less stressful as they will no long need to be disconnected and reconnected for each move
What does it mean for the staff?
As the monitors have stayed with the child, they give a more accurate information. This allows staff to make decisions about treatment quicker and with more confidence
How can I help?
We would be so grateful if you could give us some money or share this
How do I make a donation?
Please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abingdonlionsorg