The Lions International Blood Research Appeal (LIBRA) recently received £2,000 at a special cheque presentation with representatives from Braintree Lions Club, following a Real Ale Festival that attracted more than one thousand people from across the south. LIBRA was selected as one of two major beneficiaries of the popular event by Club members.
The festival was held across three days in June 2016 at the Bocking Arts Theatre in Essex. Visitors consumed 50 barrels of beer and 12 casks of cider between them. To mark the events success Lion Tony Day who helped to organise the festival arranged a special celebration and cheque presentation with LIBRA PR Officer Claire Allaker on 30 September 2016.
Immediate Past President of Braintree Lions Club, Tony Day said: “We have always supported LIBRA and we normally just send donations, but this year we decided to do something more for this great Lions appeal.
“One of our Club members has a blood disorder so we understand just how important LIBRA is when it comes to raising funds that benefit patients like him. We know that the £2,000 will be put to good use by the Haematology Department at King’s College Hospital.
“This year marked our 12th annual Real Ale Festival and we offered a great selection of beverages, mainly from small local breweries from Essex and the south coast. We are pleased that we were able to raise a substantial amount for LIBRA and that it really will make a difference to patients with blood disorders.”
Claire Allaker, LIBRA PR Officer, added: “On behalf of the LIBRA Trustees I would like to thank Braintree Lions Club for choosing LIBRA as a beneficiary of the Real Ale Festival. It is events like these that really help to raise awareness of LIBRA and our mission to help King’s tackle blood cancers and disorders. We are most grateful for the funds raised and they will directly benefit patients at the hospital.”