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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Lions lend support to the school rowers

FUTURE Olympians were given a boost from Tynedale Lions Club with a cash donation of £500.

The local charitable organisation presented Queen Elizabeth High School’s Rowing Club with a cheque which will go towards purchasing a new quadruple scull and a set of blades.

On the back of a bumper year for the sport in the area with the retirement of former member Matt Wells after a glittering career, the Hexham school club has benefited greatly with an influx of 40 new members.

This has put a huge strain on equipment and resources, and Tynedale Lions has stepped in to assist with the donation.

Pauline Higgins, QEHS rowing coordinator, said: “We are always grateful for any financial help as rowing equipment is very expensive and our membership is purely young people who are unable to pay large membership fees, so would like to thanks the Lions.”

The Lions Club in Tynedale has focused fund raising on local causes in recent years and club president Hugh Williamson and representative Ian Cave handed over the cheque to Mrs Higgins.

They said: “The Lions has a commitment to local young people and youth organisations and we hope our support will assist a great local club to prosper further.

“You never know, we may see some Tynedale rowers back in the GB squad in Rio in 2016!”