Cambrian News photographer - Lions members David Hurst and Benjamin Manluctao with members of the International Lions and hospital authorities posed for a souvenir picture with the knitted garments

A prominent Aberystwyth Lions Club member has helped distribute knitted items to children battling cancer in the Philippines as part of his latest visit to the region.

Cambrian News reported “Benjamin Manluctao, the second vice-district governor of the Lions Club’s International 105W District, led a group from the Laoac United Lions Club in Northern Philippines in a visit to a paediatric unit at a hospital in the city of Dagupan on 13 February.

As part of the visit the Lions members distributed blankets, cardigans and caps knitted and donated by Susan Baldwin and Brenda Davies, of Aberystwyth, inspired by their father.

While many of the items were donated to organisations in the UK, some of them were still provided to the hospital in the Philippines.

Benjamin said: “In the ward were 74 children; newly born and up to 12 years old.

“There were 15 babies, newly born and up to five days old only.

“Watching those children live under such conditions renders your heart with mixed feelings.

“I have pictures which show how it is like for me to be there actually mingling with the parents, the relatives and the newly born, sharing their joy and happiness at the birth of an additional member of the family, despite all the odds.

“During the visit we also distributed children’s blankets, cardigans and caps knitted by Aberystwyth sisters Susan Baldwin and Brenda Davies, inspired by their loving father whom we fondly called Mr J Baldwin.

“The family have knitted hundreds of children’s garments. The effort was aimed at what they call Helping Lion Ben.

“Most of the knitted garments were given to local hospitals and humanitarian organisations in the UK as the garments were too hot for the Philippines weather.”

Meanwhile, Benjamin also joined members of the Gower Lions Club, which is part of the 105W region, in providing funding for two pumpwells in the Laoac region in memory of three family members who died” here.

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