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Youngsters enjoy Dorset holiday thanks to Midlands Rotary clubs

Youngsters enjoy Dorset holiday thanks to Midlands Rotary clubs

A Rotary tradition stretching 92 years continued this summer, when 60 youngsters spent a week away at a summer camp.

Sixty West Midlands youngsters spent a week in Dorset thanks to a Rotary-funded venture.

Since 1926, Rotary clubs in District 1060 which covers an area centred on Birmingham and the West Midlands, including parts of Warwickshire, have funded the annual summer camps.

They have traditionally been aimed at children aged between seven and 11-years-old, based on the recommendations of teachers as youngsters deserving a holiday.

Often, these are children who are carers in the family home, or who come from difficult backgrounds.

For many of the children, it is a holiday of a lifetime, and enables them to make new friends, as well as getting away for a week.”

This year’s week-long camp moved from its traditional Lincolnshire base of Mablethorpe and Skegness to Corfe Castle on the south coast.

The holiday was run by Cumulus Activities and the youngsters travelled down from the West Midlands by coach.

They took part in a number of activities during the week, including archery and orienteering.

The cost of the trip was around £15,000, with various local clubs providing the funding.

“For many of the children, it is a holiday of a lifetime, and enables them to make new friends, as well as getting away for a week,” said Peter Styles, from Birmingham Breakfast Rotary.

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