MEMBERS of the Woodley and Earley Lions Club who have been walking sponsored laps of Dinton Pastures have been joined by a friendly lion.

Leo the lion was supporting members of the Club who are walking circuits of the woodland throughout October to raise money.

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The cancellation of the Club's annual fireworks display at Laurel Park due to coronavirus has left a massive hole in its fundraising this year, Lion President Val Oakley explained.

This hugely popular family event is the Club's major fundraising event.

Left with limited alternative fundraising opportunities members were out walking circuits of Dinton Pastures.

Val added that thanks to generous sponsorship from family and friends the Club hope to raise around £2000 towards local good causes.

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There will be another chance to see Leo, supported by Guy Fawkes, in Woodley Precinct this Saturday morning (October 31) and the following Saturday as part of the Club’s awareness days.

These two events hope to inform the public about the cancellation of the fireworks display, raise awareness of who the Lions are, what they do and how they have supported the local community.

There will also be an opportunity to make donations.