The new president of the Louth & District Lions Club has kickstarted her role with a generous cheque presentation to tennis star Eddie Holt.
Eddie, 22, has been playing competitive wheelchair tennis for four years, since losing part of his right leg to cancer.
Earlier this year, Eddie took part in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which is the wheelchair equivalent of the Davis Cup, in the Netherlands.
He is currently at number 110 in the singles, and 78 in the doubles, in the world wheelchair tennis rankings.
He is currently raising money in a self-funded bid to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with assistance from the fundraising efforts of the Louth Tennis and Sports Centre.
Now, thanks to the Louth and District Lions, that pot of money is now £600 bigger.
The funds that the Lions clubs presented to Eddie will boost his quest for glory by going towards the funding of a new wheelchair.
New Lions president, Jayne Jacklin, was sworn in on Thursday June 26, taking over from Steve Chalder, who helped raise around £13,000 for the local community during his year as president.
Jayne said: “I am honoured and thrilled to serve as the 46th President of Louth and District Lions Club, and I would like to thank the members for voting and entrusting me into this role.
“Being a Lion for the last 15 years has allowed me to do the things that I have a passion for, and that is to serve others.
“My aim for the club this year is to continue the excellent work of my predecessors, raising funds for the local needy causes and valuable community service projects.
“All monies raised go directly to charity.
“Lions clubs is an International network of over 1.35 million men and women serving in over 200 countries.
“We also support other Lions clubs around the world in times of international disasters such as earthquakes,hurricanes and floods”
“We are currently planning many exciting local fundraising events including our popular annual events, as well as finding new ways to raise money and most importantly be there to help others when needed.
“Louth and District people have always been very generous with donations and I am confident that with their kind support we will continue to be able to make a difference for many less fortunate in our local society.”
• Visit the Louth Lions website at www.louthlions.org to join the group or find out more information.