Sunday, 23 September 2018

Rotarians present £20,000 to charities

THE Rotary Club of Henley Bridge presented cheques totalling almost £20,000 at its annual Christmas dinner.

THE Rotary Club of Henley Bridge presented cheques totalling almost £20,000 at its annual Christmas dinner.

Sue Ryder received £17,530, which was raised at the club’s annual Halloween fireworks display held at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

Club president Michael Pooley said: “The fireworks display has raised £206,000 for Sue Ryder over the last 21 years and this year was the most successful yet.

“The event is a great commmunity endeavour with the club’s organisation aided by other groups, friends and associates and the public supporting and enjoying the event.” Stella Krajewski, regional fund-raising manager for the charity, said: “It is an absolutely stunning amount of money. It is incredible, especially considering that it is delivered through volunteering.

“Community engagement is so important for us and the people at Sue Ryder really enjoy watching the fireworks.”

The Henley branch of the RNLI received a cheque for £1,500, part of the proceeds of the Henley half marathon which is organised by the club.

Tony Hobbs, who founded the event, accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity, which used to organise the event until the Rotarians took over about 11 years ago.

He said: “It is very good that the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge continues to support the lifeboats and their cheque was very gratefully received.”

The dinner was held at Badgemore Park Golf Club on Wednesday last week and included a performance by the Henley carol singers in aid of the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley. This raised £300 in donations and a contribution from the club.

The club is looking for new members. For more information, visit www.henleybridge-rotary.org.uk

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