05:07AM, Saturday 19 October 2013
Special guests at a celebratory lunch to mark 40 years of the Lions Club included founding members and Maidehead MP Theresa May.
The Lions Club of Maidenhead marked its 40th anniversary with a celebratory lunch for members old and new at Monkey Island Hotel.
Thirty current members were joined by more than 70 guests, including Maidenhead MP Theresa May, for the celebrations on Sunday.
Current president Brenda Butler welcomed back the club's first president, Bill Glanville, and three other original members who signed the founding charter 40 years ago.
The Lions Club organises fundraising events such as the Duck Derby, the Christmas food collection and the FundRun to support local causes - ranging from £50 for a school uniform to £5,000 for Thames Hospice.
About £50,000 was raised overall last year, of which more than £30,000 was collected from the annual Swimarathon, which saw 800 swimmers take to the pool at the Magnet Leisure Centre from 7am to 9pm.
Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner, developer Michael Shanly and Maidenhead Advertiser editor Martin Trepte were among the 106 to attend the birthday lunch.
Brenda said: "It was lovely and gave a chance to thank them (the original members) for setting it up."
"We're still thriving and we have 40 members in our 40th year, which is great considering some clubs are down to less than 20.
"It means every year we have been raising a lot of money and helping the local community – we are very proud of ourselves and our predecessors."
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