Members of Newquay Towan Blystra Lions made a donation to a local cause, in memory of a dear friend at a recent meeting.

Lions Member PDG Ken Clarke passed away last month, after suffering a serious stroke a couple of years ago. This left him confined to a wheelchair, and unable to communicate easily. Nevertheless, he continued to be an active member of the club along with his wife, Lions President Lesley Clarke.

Beatrice Dyer of the Phoenix Stroke Appeal made a presentation to the group, talking about the work the organisation does to help equip hospitals with specialist equipment to help people who have suffered strokes to recuperate. The club then presented a cheque for £500 to the appeal.

“The Phoenix Stroke appeal is very close to my heart, as my late husband Ken spent many weeks in the Phoenix Ward at Treliske Hospital after suffering his stroke.” said Lions President Lesley Clarke.

“The care he received was first class helping him to regain some of himself. Strokes are evil, they affect peoples vision and speech, sensation and movement, emotion and thought. With timely access to the right equipment and novel rehabilitation aids, the professionals can hugely improve the quality of the recovery of stroke victims. By providing this donation we can help someone on the road to recovery.”

Lions Vice-President Phil Bunt said “Towan Blystra Lions believes in helping local causes, particularly when they can have such a positive impact on people.

“Most of us know someone who has had a stroke at some point and appreciate the extent to which what is being planned here can help.”

Newquay Towan Blystra Lions are a group of likeminded individuals who aim to help local causes through both financial support, and as a service organisation. If you would like to find out more about the club, you can visit their website at