Chester Lions Club celebrates 50 years of fundraising next month. In our second instalment, JO HENWOOD looks back at some of the highlights

GUINNESS world record-breaking attempts happen every day, all over the world. But for Chester Lions Club a special event also helped to raise a record amount of cash for charity.

In 2000, the club was approached by the Rolls-Royce enthusiasts club to take part in an attempt to get the largest number of Rolls-Royce cars on a road at one time.

Lion Ron Cain said: “The enthusiasts offered to make a donation to the club so we agreed to get involved.

“The day before the event we set out the racecourse to receive all the cars.

“On the day 420 cars turned up and, with a police escort, they made their way to the southerly bypass. There were two miles of Rolls Royce cars and the record was broken!

“After the event, the enthusiasts presented us with a cheque for £10,000 which we weren’t expecting at all.”

The money was presented to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford to refurbish the Noel Rouse room, named after a former Lion.

Another good deed the club performed was to arrange for the city’s annual fair to be made available for disabled children to use for free.

Ron added: “Anthony Harris, proprietor of the fair, used to open it one morning to raise funds for the Chester Royal Infirmary. When the hospital closed, he agreed to open the fair on the Friday morning for the sole use of local disabled children and that still happens now.”

Lions Club members are always looking for ways to put the fun into fundraiser. In 1989 Lion Phil Storry organised a swimarathon at Chester City Baths and in 1984 members and guests enjoyed a boxing night at Chester Grosvenor Hotel.

Ron remembers: “We had to build the boxing ring bit by bit in the ballroom!”

If you have any memories of Chester Lions Club email jo.henwood@cheshire