Lions clubs organise a very special fun event

Bexhill Lions joined forces with other Lions clubs in the area to battle it out at their annual It’s a Special Knockout challenge.

The event at Bede’s School, Upper Dicker, near Hailsham, is for people with special needs and various disabilities from across Sussex.

Lions Clubs taking part were from Battle, Bexhill, Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings, Rye and Uckfield.

Bexhill Lion organising committee chairman David Burstow said: “This is the 14th year that the event has been held and is always well attended and this year was no exception with over 100 contestants in 15 teams plus families, friends and carers.”

Each Lions club sponsors a local special needs group to take along to participate at the event and this year Bexhill Lions sponsored Bexhill Gateway and The Willows.

Great fun was had by all with games including relay races along with team games such as Dinner for 6 and Postman Pat - with friends and supporters cheering on the teams.

After a well-fought competition by all teams, the winners were the Eastbourne Special Olympics team who received the Knockout Cup to hold for the coming year.

Lions thanked Bede’s school for allowing their facilities to be used for the competition and for the support of 11 students who helped on the day.

Four students, Ekaterina, Ana-Marie, Svitlana, & Gheorghe, expressed delight at being at the event, and felt that “the contestants were able to have fun in a secure environment, building confidence, and making new friends.”

David Burstow, said it had been a great day for everyone, adding: “It is so rewarding to see contestants, supporters and helpers with huge smiles and looks of pure delight on their faces. It is a great pleasure for Lions clubs to arrange this knockout. It has been another successful event and we now look forward to next year.” For information on Bexhill Lions visit the website at: