'Zoom' Rotarians determined to still help community

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Supporting community - Preston Rotary - Credit: Preston Rotary Club

Preston Rotary Club have remained active in their efforts to help the community – despite having to meet only via ‘zoom’ sessions. 

The main focus of the Club has been supporting local organisations, including Thrive, CentrePeace, Path and the Paignton Community Larder. This help was particularly welcomed and needed at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.  

Funds were also provided to the Louis Cary Children’s Ward at Torbay Hospital to put on some Christmas entertainment, and instead of sending each other Christmas cards, Club members contributed £665 to the Paignton Salvation Army Appeal.  

Members delivered food hampers and presents to local schools for CentrePeace, and helped Paignton Community Larder with deliveries of food parcels to families in need.  

A total of 32 Rotary Toy Boxes were provided to children in a Paignton refuge and further 28 to other refuges in the club District, as was every child in all the Devon Refuges in conjunction with other Rotary Clubs through the Rotary KidsOut organisation.  

Nationwide this received donations from Rotary Clubs of nearly £130,000 enabling them, with generous support by the makers, to provide toy boxes.  

The Club is now backing an appeal to help Rowcroft Hospice replace all 13 inpatient beds at an estimated cost of £50,000. This comes at a very difficult time as the hospice relies heavily on major fundraising events like the Sleepwalk and their shops have had to close again.  

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So far enough has been raised to cover the cover the cost of two beds. Donations can be made online to the Club’s charity Account or by cheque to our Treasurer, Peter Burcher. Details on request. President of Preston Rotary Club, Roger Tisdall said: - "We have been unable to raise funds as usual, but used our reserves, backed by additional members donations to help the local community."