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Rotary fund set up to honour Belper woman

Rotary fund set up to honour Belper woman

Several local small charities from the communities around Belper and Duffield are set to benefit from ‘Gail’s Fund’, which has been set up in honour of a former local Rotarian.

Gail Ashley was a valued member of Belper and Duffield Rotary until her sad and untimely passing from ovarian cancer in February 2022, dedicating so much time to helping others in whatever way she could.

In recognition of Gail’s life, husband Dave Ashley and daughters Nicola and Sarah got together to create ‘Gail’s Fund’ in collaboration with Belper and Duffield Rotary.

Several local groups gathered for the evening where the first £700 worth of grants were given out to promising local charities and organisations.

Eileen Murphy (centre) accepting a grant from Gail’s Fund on behalf of Belper Memory Café.

Belper and Duffield Rotary President Peter Hurst, who introduced the evening, said: “It’s an honour for the Rotary Club to manage ‘Gail’s Fund’ on behalf of Dave, his daughters and family, who are here this evening.

“Due to their efforts and commitment the fund will enable Gail’s legacy of selfless giving to go on for a number of years.”

Organisations that received grants included 1st Heage Scout Group, Belper Memory Café, ‘Massive’ Youth Drop-In Duffield, ‘Chill & Chat’ Belper and Openwoodgate Community Garden.

Dave, Nicola and Sarah said after the presentation: “We wanted to do something to reflect Gail’s (mum’s) care, compassion, and generosity of spirit.

“We know this is the right way, by providing a fund to make grants each year, benefiting individuals and groups and which help people in Belper and Duffield.”

Applications for a one-off grant to a maximum of £500 can be made to Belper and Duffield Rotary’s Secretary before the 31st of May in any year.