Sunrisers have a way with words

Torbay Weekly

Rotary Round-up by Torbay Rotarian Kathy Uglow:

Young patients at Torbay Hospital were given a much-welcomed boost this month when members of the Rotary Club of Torbay Sunrise delivered 50 children’s books to the Louisa Carey ward.

The selection of fairytales and other popular children’s stories were purchased from Usborne Books to add a little happiness for young patients on the ward and to encourage book reading.

Sunrise treasurer Jenny O’Loughlin said: “With the current Covid-19 regulations, we understand that books cannot be shared and, therefore, we wanted to offer individual books for hospitalised children to keep and enjoy.”

Torbay Hospital’s donations manager Paul Norrish said: “We were delighted to receive this donation and it will make all the difference for patients in the Louisa Carey ward at this challenging time.”

Play team leader Chris Banks and play specialist Cassie Vallance, both from the Louisa Carey ward, took time out from their busy schedule to receive the donation on behalf of their patients.

If you’d like to learn more about Sunrise, please email

Are you ready for a challenge?

The famous Totnes Raft Race is back!

Daredevil fundraisers are being sought to brave the 13km course down the River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes on October 10.

Members of the Rotary Club of Totnes are busy preparing for this exciting challenge which raises thousands of pounds for charity and has become one of the most popular events in South Devon’s calendar.

This is a chance for local charities to fundraise for their own cause by entering a team sponsored by their supporters.

Rafts can have between two and ten paddlers and they are guaranteed lots of thrills and spills along the way.

The finish fair at Vire Island offers another opportunity for charities to set up a stall for free.

Registration for rafts is open now and full details can be found at

Do you have unwanted mobility equipment?

If you have any unwanted crutches, walking frames or wheelchairs, your local Rotary Club will be happy to collect them and recycle them.

All donations will be despatched to Physionet, a UK-based humanitarian organisation which collects surplus aids for the disabled to be shipped out to charities around the world.

To find out more about Physionet, visit