Tonbridge Lions Club is pleased to announce that this year’s barrel organ Christmas Collection reached £3,200. 

Tonbridge Lions began the tradition in 1952 and has since rolled out the barrel organ each year to raise money for deserving causes in the local area. 

This year the proceeds went towards providing 90 hampers assembled by Lion Allan Mort and his wife Jackie from donated and purchased food items with any surplus from the Christmas Collection used to help fund our popular annual party in February for senior citizens who live alone. The hampers were delivered by local organisations that are in close contact with deserving people and families. The hampers ranged in size from single people to families of six, seven, eight and the largest for a family of ten. We are grateful to Hilden Oaks School, Leigh Primary School and Hugh Christie School Sixth Form for their contributions towards these much appreciated seasonal hampers. 

Commenting on this year’s collection, Lion Mike Fenn Chairman of the Barrel Organ committee said “We are delighted to have reached £3,200 and would like to thank all those members of the public who so generously donated to our Christmas Appeal and wish everybody a safe and happy New Year”.