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Picture perfect fundraising

Picture perfect fundraising

Rotary clubs everywhere in the UK are finding creative ways to help their local communities in the lead up to the festive season.

After a year-long hiatus, Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club are gearing up to bring back their ‘Wrap Up Brighton’ campaign just in time for Christmas. 

In 2019, the club teamed up with Thameslink and Southern Rail for ‘Wrap Up Brighton’ – a campaign urging residents to donate warm clothes to keep homeless people warm throughout Christmas. 

Wrap Up Brighton and Hove shows us the power we have when we come together as a community to help those most in need.”

The campaign collected 2,126 coats and 820 additional clothing items including jumpers, scarves, and gloves – all of which were distributed to charities across the city. 

Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club president Andrew Lawrence said the scheme can help Brighton and Hove with their issue of homelessness, especially among young people. 

“Many people will suffer over the coming winter months and the donation of a spare coat can not only help keep a person warm – but it can also help save their life,” he said while speaking to The Argus. 

“Wrap Up Brighton and Hove shows us the power we have when we come together as a community to help those most in need.”

A group of Rotarians from Brighton and Hove Soiree Rotary Club collecting for ‘Wrap Up Brighton’.

Following its success in 2020, the Marlow Thames Rotary Club is planting another ‘tree of hope’ in Marlow to raise money for local charities and allow people to leave messages for loved ones. 

Last year, around £1,000 of online donations were received and a website allowed members of the public to dedicate a message that would be subsequently hung on the tree.  

The Rotary club, who are also decorating the tree with tags and lights, will be dedicating funds raised this year to Thames Hospice, Marlow Opportunity Playgroup and Young Adult Carers Books. 

Last year’s ‘Tree of Hope’, decorated with lights and messages by the Marlowe Thames Rotary Club.

The club’s President, Steve Berry, said to the Maidenhead Advertiser: “We were very pleasantly surprised by the response in 2020, and this idea seems to fit very much with the times we live in. 

“It combines a real tree in the centre of Marlow – lit up for Christmas – with an online messaging and giving opportunity. 

“We really hope that members of the public will support us in adding some brightness to these rather gloomy days.”  

Up until November 17th, those in the Richmond, North Yorkshire will be able to visit Richmond Rotary Club’s newly opened charity art gallery! 

The exhibition can be found at The Station and contains some fantastic artwork including wood carvings, ceramics, sculpture and 120 pictures. 

All the work is for sale in aid of local charities as well as Marie Curie and Médecins Sans Frontieres. 

Richmond Rotary President Emma Fulton opened the Charity Art Exhibition at The Station, Richmond.

The exhibition was opened by Richmond Rotary President Emma Fulton who commented that it was wonderful to be holding the exhibition again after last year’s coronavirus restrictions. 

Speaking to Richmondshire Today, she said: “To a huge extent the exhibition symbolises what Rotary stands for at its best. 

“It is firmly based in our local community, gives opportunities to a wide range of great local artists, and ultimately benefits many less fortunate people through the charities it supports.” 

Finally, York Rotary along with Harrogate and District, York RSPCA and two other charities have organised a Christmas ‘Santa Paws Dog Walk’ to help rescue animals get the Christmas that they deserve.

The walk is suitable for all ages, and you do not even need a dog to join in. The event will go ahead on Sunday, 5th December at Knavesmire in the city and will total 3.3km.  

Participants, alone or with their four-legged friends are encouraged to wear fancy dress as there will be a prize on the day for the best dressed person!