SIX local groups and organisations have benefited from the hard work and generosity of the Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield.
The club presented the six with cheques at a recent meeting. The cash came from a number of fundraising events held in the run-up to Christmas.
Joining club members at the presentation were representatives from Belper-based choir the Dalesmen.
The choir had held a Christmas concert with Derwent Brass and the Pottery School choir to raise funds.
Proceeds from that concert were shared between two pivotal community venues in Belper — the Strutts Centre on Derby Road and the Belper Cottage Project on Chapel Street.
Nick McLeod, chairman at Strutts, and Jackie Cox, who is chairman of the Cottage Project, picked up the cheques.
One of the Rotary’s main initiatives in the run-up to Christmas was the Santa Sleigh collections.
It saw Rotary members pulling a sleigh round streets in Belper and Duffield, collections cash donations as they went.
They didn’t do it alone, though, and were assisted by members of the Massive Project youth centre in Duffield and representatives of Belper’s Drop Inn youth organisation.
A Rotary spokesman said: “To thank them for their willing help, the Rotary Club was delighted to make donations to further the work they do with young people in the two communities.”
The other fundraising activity at Christmas, which was probably seen by many of the public, was when the Santa Sleigh was stationed in Belper at Morrisons and on King Street.
These two collections, alongside the sleigh runs round Belper and Duffield, raised more than £2,000, which allowed Rotary to present cheques to the Belper Stroke Club, represented by Valerie Holland, and Darren Barnes, leader of the 1st Alton Manor Scout Group.
Donations were also made to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Dream Holidays, a small charity organising respite care for children with cystic fibrosis.
The spokesman added: “Rotary would like to thank the Belper and Duffield public for their support of the Christmas fundraising.”