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A shoebox treat across Europe

A shoebox treat across Europe

Members of Rotary Rushen & Western Mann on the Isle of Mann have been busy in the lead up to Christmas supporting a couple of charitable projects.

At this special time of year, members of Rotary Rushen & Western Mann are active in filling shoeboxes with gifts to be sent to less privileged children in Eastern Europe.

This year the appeal has received support from staff at the Isle of Mann company Equiom.

Lucy Hendy from the Equiom charity committee said that staff co-ordinate fundraising activities for a number of causes throughout the year.

They were thrilled with the level of support staff showed for the Rotary Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

The Equiom team managed to collect and send 57 boxes to children in Eastern Europe.

Rotary members John Lindon and John Quaye visited the business where they were presented with the boxes by members of the staff charity committee.

John Quaye is also the Chairman of Manx Independent Carriers, who ship the shoeboxes off island free of charge.

Members of St John’s Chapel and the Inner Wheel Club of Rushen & Western Mann also showed their support.

The Equiom team managed to collect and send 57 boxes to children in Eastern Europe.”

Meanwhile, members of Rotary Rushen & Western Mann raised £4,300 with a visit to Arragon Mooar.

This the home of Dr John C Taylor OBE, the British inventor, entrepreneur, horologist and philanthropist – best known for his numerous inventions.

Arragon Mooar is a family home, the design consisting of a series of spacious oval rooms with windows taking in the spectacular views of the countryside and island’s coastline.

The entertainment included drinks, canapes, a musical interlude with young musicians directed by Ruth Keggin and a talk by Dr Taylor on the design of his magnificent home.

The two charities to benefit from the funds raised were The Teapot Trust and the Rotary Rushen & Western Mann’s Foundation projects.

The Teapot Trust supports children coping with the emotional needs and impact of living with a chronic illness or life limiting condition.

Art therapy provides a way to share thoughts and feelings which, for a young child, can be difficult to express verbally.

Dr Laura Young MBE and her husband Dr John Young co-founded the Teapot Trust in 2010 after seeing the gaps in the care of their daughter Verity, who suffered from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE Lupus) and cancer before her tragic death at the age of eight, in 2009.

The monies raised were divided equally.

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