Nearly 600 hours of voluntary work has been clocked up for the Uckfield community by the town’s Lions club in the past year.
President Frank Phillips said the hours of work were normally a hidden side of all the club does but he shared the figure at a charter lunch attended by 68 people.
He said the club has been running for 48 years and the work done in the past year has enabled donations to be made to many local good causes.
The club has been involved in “cream tea runs”, helped the Uckfield Housebound Club and driven the mini bus for a variety of groups, and helped with hospital visits.
Charter lunch guests included district governor Rod Weale and Uckfield Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood.
Mr Weale praised Uckfield Lions for being such an active club. He made particular mention of Lion Keith Mates who had already received an award for his work with youth groups.
Mr Weale went on to present long service awards to Nick and Margaret Woods, for ten years; and Peter Martin and Chris Sherwood, for 20 years.
John Hawkins who was unable to attend the lunch has received an award for 30 years.
Cllr Eastwood thanked the Lions for all the support they give to the community.
She said, in connection with her work at Chailey Heritage, that the effect of a visit by the Uckfield Lions Santa sleigh before Christmas had lasted for several days and had been amazing.
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