A MEN’S support group at Marie Curie Hospice has been given a cash boost thanks to Lions Clubs across the borough.
The seven Lions Clubs joined forces in honour of a fellow member who died in October and donated £10,000 to the Men’s Shed group so work to build a workshop and meeting room can begin on the Marsh Lane site.
Brian Hornsby, a member of Balsall Common Lions club, was cared for by the hospice during his 10-year battle against prostate cancer.
He joined the working group and worked with the hospice on its initial plans to build a workshop.
Now in his memory friends and relatives of Brian have donated with Lions Clubs from Balsall Common, Birmingham Exhibition, Castle Bromwich and District, Knowle and Dorridge, Marston Green and District, Shirley and Solihull to meet half the cost of the project.
The £20,000-project was established in November 2017 as part of the hospice’s day services for any man affiliated with the hospice to attend, to meet with others and have difficult conversations whilst completing tasks like model making, card playing.
At present the group meets in one of the rooms in the hospice every Tuesday morning.
However there are plans to build two sheds for the group one will be a sociable area where they can chat over a cuppa and the other will be a carpenter’s workshop working with volunteers which will be accessible seven days a week.
Suzanne McArthur community engagement lead at the hospice said: “In total the group and its supporters have now raised £11,000 and the cheque from the Lions has allowed us to start the initial works to progress the project.”