Rotarians' cash for Torbay holiday charity

Torbay Weekly

Paignton Rotarians have donated much-needed cash to a charity that provides memory-making holidays to families struggling with serious illness or bereavement.

Martin Brook, a director from Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN) accepted a cheque from Mike Kirkham, president of the Rotary Club of Paignton.

The club planned to hold a barn dance in March 2020 to raise funds for THHN. Unfortunately, due to Covid, it was first postponed and subsequently cancelled.

In December, the club held a Christmas hamper raffle in aid of THHN, which raised £515.

With the barn dance unlikely to take place in 2021, the ticket holders were contacted and the majority donated their ticket refunds to the charity.

This added a further £1,025 to the hamper raffle proceeds to give a grand total of  £1,540.

Torbay Holiday Helpers Network provide holidays to families struggling with illness or bereavement. Families who have children with a serious illness, and families with a parent who has a serious illness, can have a holiday to make special memories.

Many Torbay businesses, including accommodation providers and attractions, provide facilities free of charge to help make this happen.

If you would like to know more about the Rotary clubs in Torbay, contact Sue Kirkham 07944 410719 or

If you would like to know more about the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network, contact John Bunce 01803 900101 or