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Our Christmas Barrel Organ Collection raised £3,511

Tonbridge Lions Club is pleased to announce that this year’s barrel organ Christmas Collection raised £3,511.

Tonbridge Lions Club began the tradition in 1952 and has since rolled out the barrel organ each year to raise money for deserving causes in the local area.

This year the proceeds went towards providing 94 hampers assembled by Lion Allan Mort and his wife Jackie from donated and purchased food items. These were delivered by local organisations that are in close contact with deserving people and families. The hampers ranged in size from single people to families of six, seven, eight and the largest for a family of ten. We are grateful to Hilden Oaks School and Hugh Christie School for their contributions towards these much appreciated seasonal hampers. The Club also received from Tonbridge School and the Town Team 100 vouchers valued at £20 per voucher. It was decided by the local organisations that most of these would be distributed separately from the hampers allowing the club to reach a further 70 families.

Commenting on this year’s collection, Lion Mike Fenn Chairman of the Barrel Organ committee said “We are delighted to have collected the fantastic total of £3,511. We would like to thank all those members of the public who so generously donated to our Christmas Appeal and wish everybody a safe and happy New Year”.

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