The answer is in a wide variety of ways with the emphasis being on supporting local good causes. Every request that we receive is diligently reviewed and if considered appropriate and affordable then we endeavour to offer a part or full payment. Sadly, we cannot afford to say yes to every appeal for help and some are considered not appropriate. 

Apart from the funds raised for organisations such as the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance with our Easter Eggstravaganza appeal, the many families and individuals that we help with our Project Wenceslas Appeal funds, and a specific beneficiary each year from our Annual Golf Day, let alone the senior citizens that attend our Afternoon Tea Parties, and the numerous families and individuals that receive one of our 250 Xmas food parcels, where does the rest of our money go?

A typical example of our support was to FAST, a Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity Project, which targets Children and Families with Dyslexia to the tune of £3,325.00p. 

Dyslexia affects people regardless of intellectual ability and is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills needed for accurate and fluent reading, writing and spelling including memory and processing speed.  There are many other symptoms, ranging from mild to severe, and no two people with dyslexia are the same. It is highly hereditary, affecting 1 in 10 people in the UK.

In a typical Year 3 setting around 15% of the pupils will have persistent literacy issues but will not be eligible to access government funding and their families may not be able to afford specialist help. The FAST project, which targets this group, provides specialist one to one support, a workshop for parents to help them support their child plus workshops for all teaching staff to help them identify and support children with dyslexia. The funds provide by the Lions Club of Farnham will support the rollout of this project at a local school.

Helen Arkell

                                                         Pictured are Phil Alexander, Farnham Lions President, presenting the cheque to 

                                  Andy Wood, Chief Executive, supported by fLions, Barbara Wright, Ray Brown and Keith Harris.

Here are some of the organisations and items that we have recently been able to support.

Bereavement charity


Garners goes Bananas appeal

Baby Goods

Other Scouts and Guides needs

Hot school meals for children

Charities supporting young people with mental health  needs.

School shoes & uniforms

Educational resources

Farnham Unihockey and Floorballing club


Homestart Waverley

Bunk beds

Sandy Hill Projects

Nursery fees

Childrenís activity groups

Travel costs

Helen Arkell centre


Farnham Competitive Music Festival

Play equipment

Citizenís Advice Bureau

Lighting & audio equipment

St Peterís School

Cooking equipment 

Waverley School initiative

Reading scheme books

Heath End School initiative

Garden work


Respite care

Farnham Youth Choir

Mobility scooter

Tilford Church

Specialist gloves

Change of Scene

Stair lift

William Cobbett School initiative

Specialist seating

Bells Piece

Residential trips

Highfield School initiativ

Art projects

Farnham Thursday Club

Specialist beds


Overnight hospital visit accommodation

Leverton Hall


The Ridgeway School

Buggy & Car Seat

Farnham Maltings Ė various projects

Therapy course