Harrogate Lions roar to £80,000 target

The Lions made the announcement at a Tewit Youth Band concert.
The Lions made the announcement at a Tewit Youth Band concert.

Harrogate Lions have reached their £80,000 target, and will now buy a laser eye machine for Harrogate District Hospital.

The amount has been raised through events across the district since the appeal was launched in March 2013.

The President of the Harrogate Lions Club Eve Nelson was joined by Chairman Eric Wright, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough Andrew Jones, the Mayor of Harrogate Coun Mike Newby, his consort Clive Kirkham, Joan Taylor, Colin Gibbs, Dorothy Wright, John Hall, Joan Hall and members of The Tewit Youth Band at a concert on Saturday, when the announcement was made.

Jasmine Guy, Doug Ives, Rory Dennis, Matthew Wiggins, Sian Gibbs and Pete Clark were also present at the Crown Hotel event.

Harrogate Lions treasurer Ian Wood said: “The Tewit Youth Band gave a wonderful evening of music under their conductor Steve Heningham aid of the Harrogate Eye Laser Project.

“This was a great success and at the conclusion they received a well deserved standing ovation.

“At the end, Lion Eric Wright announced that with the proceeds of the Concert and Raffle together with monies raised by the project and the Eye Department of the Hospital, the new state-of-the-art Eye Laser Machine can now be purchased.”

The project was one of the most ambitious the charity has ever tackled.

The machine can help prevent blindness mainly caused by diabetes.

Around 500 sight-preserving laser eye treatments per year take place at Harrogate Hospital and with a new machine many more patients of all ages can be treated.

The hospital’s existing machine can treat as many as seven different eye diseases, the most common being Diabetic Retinopathy. Funds were raised at events such as a charity walk along the Nidderdale Greenway in July.