Twentieth annual Lions Funday in Hunstanton
A combined effort by the Hunstanton and District Lions, the businesses at Rainbow Park and Vegas Fish Bar gave children with special needs, their families, carers and teachers a day to cherish.
Friday 23rd June saw coaches arriving in Hunstanton from Churchill Park Academy, Little Discoverers and Duke of Lancaster Academy for a day out at the fairground followed by lunch. In all 227 people, many of whom may not have had the opportunity to visit without support, were able to have a fun day out at the seaside.
President of the Lions Jane Scott was at the car park early to greet the children as they arrived along with the District Governor, Lion Paul Southerton, who signed and presented special certificates of appreciation and thanks to the businesses that had supported the event over the past twenty years.
From left: President Lion Jane Scott, John Henry Roper of Rainbow Park, District Governor Paul Southerton and Lion Michael Ruston Mayor of Hunstanton
Joe Rodrigues of Vegas Fish Bar with President Lion Jane Scott
President Lion Jane Scott said: “For me, out of all the things we do, this is the greatest event of the year.
“We couldn’t do it without the businesses who provide all the entertainment and refreshments free of charge.
“I cannot thank Danielle and Joe Rodrigues of Vegas Fish Bar enough for donating all the lunches and John Henry Roper and the businesses at Rainbow Park for opening their park free of charge for the children to have a wonderful day out.”
As the children were boarding the rides John Henry Roper said: “It’s a real pleasure to have all the children back for this joyful day; we look forward to it every year.”
And Joe Rodrigues said: “It’s all about the kids, I love it.”
Lion Michael Ruston who was President of the Hunstanton & District Lions in 2015 and is now Mayor of Hunstanton said: “This is a lovely occasion and it’s great to bring joy to young people’s lives.”
It was clear from the smiles and laughter that everyone was enjoying the experience and Alice Foster, a member of staff from the Duke of Lancaster School in Fakenham who were attending for the first time said: “The children are loving it and are very excited to be here.”
Images: Ian Burt