A HUGE range of clubs and organisations were given a share of £11,250 raised by Devizes Lions Club when a presentation evening was held to mark the year in office of president Robert Postlethwaite.

Mayor Andy Geddes made presentations to 30 groups. An additional £1,500 was donated to Lions projects further afield in the UK and overseas.

The Devizes clubs benefitting were: Alzheimer's Support, the Budo Club, Devizes & District Link, PHAB, Devizes Army Cadet Force, Child Contact Centre, Devizes Hospital and Community Radio, Devizes Food Bank, Men's Shed, Monday Club, Nursteed Centre, Opendoors, Opportunity Centre, Over 50's Club, Samaritan's Purse/Operation Christmas Child and the Seniors Christmas Day event.

Wiltshire groups that operate in Devizes were also supported including: Age UK, Arts Together, Changing Tunes, Gateway Club, Home Start Kennet, Mid Wiltshire Relate, North Wilts Holiday Club, Potterne Girls Cricket Club, Swindon & District Samaritans, Tuesday Club Market Lavington, Victim Support Wiltshire, Wiltshire Mind, Wiltshire Portage Service and Youth Action Wiltshire.

The Lions’ grants were made possible by fund-raising events held throughout the year. Lions also organised community activities such as sports coaching for over 600 children, the May Fair and the installation of town centre defibrillators.