Lions call for books and offer free chairs


Hundreds of pound worth of furniture has been donated to good causes by Crawley Lions – and they have more to give away.

The group was given sofas, chairs and recliners worth £5,000 by Martell’s Furniture Store, in East Grinstead, and have been quick to pass them on.

With Age UK, in Shackleton Road, Tilgate, and Crawley Open House benefiting, Lions vice-chairman Gary Davies said he was keen to see the remaining pieces go to individuals who may otherwise not be able to afford them.

He said: “We’ve got around eight or nine chairs and we’ve had to take on another garage in Crawley to store them.

“We want them to go to people who really need them.

“There are one or two with scuff marks on them but they are brand new and we want to find good homes for them.”

While giving away chairs, the Lions are in need of help from the public to re-stock their book stall at Gatwick station.

Gary said the stall, which can be found on platform 3 and 4, had raised £1,500 for Lions charities since July – but the group needs donations of novels to keep its shelves full.

The unmanned stall is run on the honesty box principle – people take a book and make a donation – and the Lions hope to open a second one on platform 7 within the next few weeks.

If you can help with the book collection or know some one in need of an easy chair, contact Gary Davies on 07950 323000.