For those of you who have loved ones living in the UK

Friends of the Lion – Established 1968

homeThe Weaving International Friendship Foundation which includes Friends of the Lion has for almost 50 years helped people living in the UK, South Africa, North America, Australia and New Zealand to reunite with family overseas. Founded in 1968 by Stuart Weaving a Yorkshire businessman, and initially run out of a small office in Cardiff, it has grown to the largest reunion club in the world with over one million family reunions to its credit.

Friends of the Lion is an association for South Africans who have family and close friends living in the United Kingdom. When you join, you will be part of our Emergency Travel Benefit. This will give you peace of mind in knowing that should your nominated family member in the UK meet with a serious accident that causes death or serious injury, we will provide an airticket up to the value of R15 000. Membership is only R150 per year and you can apply right here.

Apart from Friends of the Lion services in South Africa, members can call on the services of the Friends of the Springbok in the UK. Situated close to London’s Heathrow airport they will ensure you and your family are looked after in a very special way. In conjunction with Friends of the Springbok, members can book their own flights or sponsor relatives and loved ones to travel from the UK to SA. Visit the website

Let us help you take the hassle out of sending flowers to the UK. We can organise to send fresh flowers for every occasion. Fragrant bouquets of freesias and carnations can be delivered within days. Prices start from about £20 including VAT and delivery.

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