Saturday, 19 June 2021

Henley Rotary Club

A CHARITY auction organised by the club raised more than £2,000 for a hospital in Uganda.

A CHARITY auction organised by the club raised more than £2,000 for a hospital in Uganda.

About 50 people attended the event at Henley Golf Course on Tuesday evening last week.

It was in aid of the Kamuli Mission Hospital in eastern Uganda, which has had extensions to the maternity ward and operating theatre built following several years of fund-raising.

Much of that money was raised by the Kamuli Friends, led by Dr Philip Unwin, of the Hart Surgery in Henley, and retired Nettlebed GP Jim McWhirter with his own fund-raising team.

Guests at the auction enjoyed a two-course meal of steak and ale pie with seasonal vegetables followed by apple crumble and ice cream.

Simon Jones, of Watlington auctioneers Jones & Jacob, then sold more than 30 lots donated by local businesses which included meals at Villa Marina and Phyllis Court Club in Henley and the Greyhound in Peppard. There was also a year’s subscription to the

Henley Standard
up for grabs, tea for two at Westminster with Henley MP John Howell, boat trips, bowls lessons and travel vouchers.

The evening was organised by the club’s international committee chairwoman Maria Bunina.

She said: “It was a very relaxed and enjoyable evening. The amount of money raised was excellent and we sold every single lot.”

Club secretary Phil Fletcher said: “Dr Unwin is a friend of our Rotary club and we have raised money for the charity before.

“He goes out to the Kamuli Hospital once a year. He has done a lot of fund-raising for them so we’re only too pleased to support him and the work they do out there.”

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