Crawley Lions hit the jackpot when they were presented with a cheque for $10,000.
There were gasps of delight when the donation was announced at the group’s meeting on Thursday (March 5).
The money – which came only a few days after the Lions received a £1,000 gift from Starbucks – will allow them to buy and name a Guide Dog for a member of the community.
Converting to around £6,640, the money was provided by the Crane Fund for Widows and Children, the community arm of American engineering firm Crane.
Lions member Mike Sexton, who works for the company, applied for a donation from the fund last February.
It took more than a year for an answer to be given – but when it was it was better than anyone could have expected.
Lions member Gary Davies said: “I must admit I am still on a high after Mike rang me and said we had done it.
“This is quite something for a club of our size and a club that was faltering four years ago to come up with this grant.
“The company must have thought we were a very worthwhile organisation.”
As well as buying the Guide Dog – an act which will take the Lions’ total donation to the fund to £5,000 – money will go towards providing a lunch for senior citizens some time at the end of April or beginning of May.
In addition, cash will be spent to improve the TV service in the Lions’ family room at Crawley Hospital. Any money left over will go to charities supported by the Lions.