Uttoxeter Rotary has continued in its efforts to support the local community in these difficult times by raising funds with a vegetable relay marathon.
The club was rocked by the tragic death of President David Reeves, but have been determined to redouble their work in his memory though new President, David Chapman.
He said: “We quickly re-evaluated our priorities and redirected all the available funds to support local activities and organisations struggling under lockdown.
“In May and June, we made over £6,000 available and continue to look for ways in which we can make a difference.”
The club has supported the Donna Louise and St Giles Hospices, local food banks, the Air Ambulance, the Gateway Club and Thomas Alleyne’s High School for their project making face shields for the NHS.
As with Rotary clubs across the country, Uttoxeter Rotary has faced a fresh challenge with fund-raising with all public activities cancelled.
However, the Rotarians have taken part in a relay marathon using vegetables, collecting sponsors for their daily walks.
Vice President, Roy Smith, who has led the project, said: “We have been using vegetables as our relay batons which have created interest and good humour!
“We have all completed our miles separately with social distancing observed and have managed to raise over £1,100 to help replenish our charity funds.”
Uttoxeter Rotary also relaunched its annual quiz which has raised significant further funds.
President David added: “We will be continuing to play our part in the life of the town and hope that it will not be too long before we can meet the public and enjoy the wonderful support that they always give us.”