The Lions Mid-Summer Sports Day and Fun Festival for Disabled People has come and gone for another year. And what a great time we all had despite the awful weather on Saturday.

Around 200 guests from 20 clubs for disabled people, with over 100 carers and family members, enjoyed a range of indoor activities, both sporting and creative, and were entertained throughout the day with raffles, music and dance – and a spot of lunch.

Our gratitude to the King John School, the Art Ministry, Active Essex, Activ8 Fencing, Quest88 Tricycles, St John Ambulance, Southend Archery Club, Thundersley Air Cadets (1341 Squadron) and the Yardarm Folk Orchestra for helping to make this year’s event run so well.

Our thanks, too, to Sir David Amess MP, who had a go at some of the games, and to Rebecca Harris MP, our Mayors and Council Chairmen from Castle Point, Southend on Sea, Rayleigh and Rochford, who gamely ran around the Sports Hall handing out hand out the medals to the winners (there were a lot!). Congratulations to Havering Disability Sports Association (HDSA) for taking the Team Trophy this year.

This wonderful event is run by your local Lions Clubs from Castle Point, Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea, Rayleigh and Southend-on-Sea. We were assisted by Lions from Newmarket, Clacton, Billericay, Basildon and Wickford and EA Centennial. Internationally, there are over 1.3 million members of Lions clubs serving their communities in over 200 countries. Perhaps you might like to join us?

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