Rotarians hand over £3,260 to community

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Rotarians have donated grants totalling nearly £3,260 to community groups in Belper at a presentation evening.

The Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield handed over the cash during their ‘own version of the Oscars Ceremony’ at the Lion Hotel in Belper.

A spokesman for the club said: “Over recent months the club had been approached by clubs and groups for financial support and the members have been happy to respond.

“This special meeting of the club, attended by some 15 guests, was to present some of the cheques and to recognise the work carried out by the volunteers.”

Among the recipients were Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre Trust which was presented with funds generated at a Charity Race Evening in October. The proceeds were handed over to charity chairman Bill Tomlinson.

Stuart Limb, on behalf of the Holbrook Pre-School Playgroup, thanked the club for its support with purchasing play equipment now that they have just moved into new premises. And Andrea Fox, of Belper’s Drop Inn Youth Club, explained to the meeting how a grant towards its accreditation as an 
education training provider by the club had supported its work in teaching youngsters with 
severe behavioral problems.

The Rotary Club had also helped the Dalesmen Choir with its Annual Christmas Concert at St Peter’s Church in Belper and the choir’s chairman John England and treasurer Malcolm Neum attended the meeting to inturn present cheques from the proceeds to Nick McLeod of the Strutts Centre and to Derek Payne of the Belper Stroke Club.

Bertha Morrell, accompanied by puppy Oakley, thanked the members for their generous support of Dogs for the Blind.

Meanwhile, mental health support group The Penguin Club, currently lead by Owen Briggs, were presented with a bingo machine. Darren Worthy, of Parkinsons UK, thanked the club for the donation and gave a brief talk on how Parkinson’s disease affects lives. Finally club member David Harris told how his chosen charity the Happy Homes Orphanage in Kenya, would receive a borehole and polytunnel thanks to cash.