Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Rotarians donate £1,200 from jazz night to charities

A CHEQUE for £600 was presented to Headway Thames Valley at this week’s meeting of Henley Rotary Club.

A CHEQUE for £600 was presented to Headway Thames Valley at this week’s meeting of Henley Rotary Club.

The money was a portion of the proceeds from the club’s jazz concert in April.

The charity was represented at Tuesday’s meeting by general manager Wendy Carlson and Olivia Lamb, one of the volunteer support workers.

Miss Carlson explained that the charity was founded 25 years ago on the initiative of a mother whose son was injured in a road accident.

For many years, it was based at Townlands Hospital in Henley but relocated to Brunner Hall in Greys Road in 2008. The clients are mainly adults with brain injuries who receive various therapies to enable them to maintain the progress that they have made in hospital.

There are 13 staff, six visiting therapists, one psychology assistant and 20 regular volunteers who cater for the usual 50 people who attend the centre each week.

Miss Carlson emphasised that Headway was an independent charity doing its own fund-raising and cost £50,000 a year to run.

Maria Bunina proposed the vote of thanks before club president Roger Sayer presented the cheque.

Two weeks ago, the club presented another cheque for £600 raised at the same event to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.

At last week’s club meeting, recent recruit Derek Cragg gave a “job talk” and recalled some of his funny experiences.

He described his travels to Hamburg to exploit the German planning regulations and to experience the attitude of the German trade unions, a field trip to La Palma in the Canaries and his superiors’ admonition to him to “moderate my playboy image” while working at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

John Luker proposed the vote of thanks for an entertaining talk.

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