Connor gets his wheels!


Tonbridge Lions Club has recently presented 6-year-old Connor Crawford of Hildenborough  with a custom built tricycle to allow him to get around more easily and even ride to school. Connor suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which, unfortunately, today has no cure.  Duchenne is a fatal genetic disease which means the body does not produce dystrophin, a protein required for muscle strength and function.


The Lions were able to donate the tricycle from funds raised last year with money from a memorial fund for the late Steve Harvey which received donations from fellow club members and from Steveís family and friends. Steve had been in Tonbridge Lions for 30 years. He was president in 2002 and club treasurer for the last 13 years. His widow, Val, aware of Connorís need through the Chasing Connorís Cure charity, proposed helping him directly and the need for the tricycle was highlighted.


Val was able to present the gift to Connor with Lion President Tom Simmons and once Connorís helmet was in place he was able to demonstrate his cycling ability on the garden path. His father, Matthew said, ďWe are so very grateful to Val and the Lions for supporting us and providing Connor with this tricycle.  The tricycle enables Connor to cycle independently with his friends and family which is vital for his wellbeing and independence. We are always so humbled at how fantastic our local community have been since Connorís diagnosis".


Photo: Connor on his tricycle with Tom Simmons, President of Tonbridge Lions, and Val Harvey.

Nicholas Pearce in December and Matt Marshall In January.  Both welcomed by our President, Tom Simmons.


This week we welcomed a new member to the club. Luke Hawkes was inducted by Club President, Tom Simmons and presented with his badge by the Zone Chairman, Lion Neal Charlesworth.