Torquay Rotarians have rallied round to support a number of local organisations which have been seriously affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Rotarian Beryl DurtnallRotarian Beryl Durtnall

The Rotary Club of Torbay Sunrise has pledged a donation of £200 to the Torbay Food Alliance.

Members wanted to support this project run by Torbay Community Development Trust and many members have also signed up as volunteer delivery drivers.

As many of the club’s members have pets, they also wanted to ensure our four-legged friends were also looked after at this difficult time and further donations of £200 each were given to Animals in Distress and Paignton Zoo.

President of the Rotary Club of Torbay Sunrise, Kathy Uglow, said: “We are keen to assist in any way we can and were pleased to be able to support a number of local organisations which were in desperate need of help.

“Our members are real animal lovers and most of us own dogs, so we wanted to ensure that animals were not forgotten too. We felt it was appropriate to donate to Animals in Distress as well as Paignton Zoo.”

Recently, the club was approached by staff from the Supported Planning Active Community Engagement (SPACE) which supports people with learning disabilities and autism in Torbay with a plea for help with supplying hot food to their most vulnerable clients.

Kathy added: “We are fortunate that our vice president Daniel Boatwright runs one of the best fish and chip shops in Torquay and has been able to produce hot suppers every Friday for SPACE.”

Staff at Drake’s Fish and Chip Shop in Babbacombe have been supplying around 100 hot meals which have been collected and delivered by SPACE staff and volunteers. Daniel said: “We are delighted to be able to help and just happy to have the opportunity to make a difference.”

A £100 donation has also been given to SPACE for the purchase of activities to ensure the mental wellbeing of their self-isolating clients.

Another Sunrise member, Beryl Durtnall, has been busy making scrubs and face masks for Torbay Hospital.

Kathy said: “Beryl is a talented seamstress and she instantly sprang into action. This epitomises the ethos of Rotary when members are able to utilise their skills to make a real difference.”