CALLINGTON Lions joined forces with local hostelries in the East Cornwall area to raise £1,000 for local charities with fabulous Easter hampers.

The Lions packed the hampers with Easter chocolate and other goodies and gave them to the pubs to run a raffle for customers to support the charity of their choice.

They raised £1,000 for Callington Youth Project, the Callington Foodbank, Mind Cornwall, the Cornwall Air Ambulance, the Callington Lions and The Little Princess Trust. The pubs taking part were The Cornish Ancestor in Callington, the Manor House Inn at Rilla Mill, The Swingletree at Kelly Bray, The Queen’s Head at Albaston, The Rifle Volunteer at St Ann’s Chapel and The Tamar Inn at Calstock.

Lions spokesman Derek Prickett said the organisation had run the hamper fundraiser for the first time last year and it was now back by popular demand.

‘It gives us a bit of publicity, it gives the charities some money coming in and it gives the pubs the publicity and the goodwill,’ he said. ‘The choice of charity is left to each of the pubs. We were pleased to raise over £1,000 for them.’

Pictured are Lions members presenting certificates at, clockwise from right, The Cornish Ancestor, The Manor House Inn and The Rifle Volunteer.