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Hereford Herefo f rd Lions Club Festive News The 23rd Annual Edition - December 2016 LIONS SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES A shocking report that the number of children and young people in Britain with mental health issues had dramatically increased in the last few years has prompted calls for action to improve support services here in Hereford and the rest of the county. The Children’s Commissioner Review published earlier this year revealed that 1 in 10 of those under the age of 18 will suffer from some form of mental health problems, and many of them will get no professional help. It is believed that up to 500 children and teenagers in the county might need support to deal with issues which could seriously impact their future lives. MIND, the city based mental health charity plans to introduce new services run by trained staff to tackle the growing problem and Hereford Lions Club has given an initial grant of £5,000 to get the much needed scheme up and running . Said club president, David Hartland, “We found the figures in this report very disturbing and as part of our ongoing youth development project wanted to support this positive initiative by MIND and their quick response to a lack of funding by the NHS and Herefordshire Council to prevent a potential crisis affecting a whole generation.” Richard Kelly, Executive Director of MIND, told Festive News: “This generous grant from Lions Club could not have come at a better time. There is no public sector funding for early intervention in the field of mental health. We had already recognised just how vital a tailormade support service was for children and young people showing signs of early mental health problems but lacked the financial resources to set it up. “It is important that symptom s are identified at an early stage and support provided to prevent personal – and costly – consequences in later life. Above all, we want mental health to be treated fairly and equally with physical health.” MIND plan to establish links with schools and youth clubs across the city and county through which youngsters can talk informally about their concerns with a therapist as the first step in the recovery process. JUST WHAT I WANTED FOR CHRISTMAS, SAYS MARLEY Hereford Lions Club has made sure that 18 year old Marley George has got exactly the Christmas present he wanted - a specially built three wheel bike which will allow him to get out of his wheelchair and pedal away. Marley, who lives with his mum Vanessa Gross on Grandstand Road, Hereford has cerebral palsy and can’t walk, but in his new low slung specially designed machine he becomes a free and independent spirit able to take off on a bike ride like other teenagers. The £3,000 life enhancing trike arrived in time for Christmas, bringing a big smile to Marley’s face when he took it for a trial run. “It is just what I wanted. I could not have wished for a better present,” said the former Whitecross Academy pupil now a student at a sports college in Coventry continued page 2 Christmas & New Year Celebrations 2016    Friday 25th November - 23rd December 2016 Christmas Party Menu 31st December 2016 New Year’s Eve Party £19.95 2 c ourses £ 24.95 3 c ourses £20 per ticket to include Gala Buffet TICKET ONLY     Christmas Day Menu 6 course lunch £65.00 p er p erson Boxing Day Brunch  Open 11.00am-4.00pm S er ved b etween 1 1.0 0am a nd 3 .00pm    Friday 27th January 2017 Burns Night Supper “The Best Burns Party in Hereford” With Piper and Live Scottish Band 3 Course Scottish Feast £177 .00 p er p erson   Saturday 28th January 2017 Chinese New Year Weekend   Eat a s M uc h a s y ou w ant B uf f et £ 10 p er p erson The Bay Horse Inn, 236 Kings Acre Road, Hereford, HR4 0SD. Tel: 01432 273351 www.bayhorseinnhereford.co.uk info@bayhorseinnhereford.co.uk The Bay Horse Inn Serving food every day from 12-9pm