Maidenhead Rotary Club has been busy in the run up to Christmas bringing cheer to those in need over the festive season and beyond.
The club has made donations totalling more than £10,000 to a number of charities working with a range of disadvantaged groups including the homeless, refugees, struggling families, victims of domestic violence and children with cancer.
At its recent Christmas party, where the Salvation Army provided music for carol singing, club president Mary Spinks handed over £2,000 to the
charity to support its work with the homeless. In the run up to Christmas the club has also made donations of £2,000 to domestic abuse charity DASH and Maidenhead Baby Bank.
Another £2,000 has been donated to Kids Cancer Charity to provide respite care breaks for local families of children with cancer, while £2,500 will support refugees, both Ukrainians and other nationalities, in our community. In addition gifts of sweets and treats have been collected for refugee children and kitchen utensils and bed linen for a Ukrainian family moving into a home of their own.
President Mary said: “In Rotary we endeavour to help those less fortunate than ourselves and to help other organisations with the same objective. These donations will, we hope, help our community in this time of hardship and make Christmas for many a little brighter.”
Rotarian Tony Hill, chair of the club’s community committee which oversaw the donations, added: “There are lots of smaller charities that support vulnerable people that are sometimes overlooked and it’s great that Rotary is able to help some of these.
“We are very grateful to all those who support our fundraising activities which allows us to help people in need, particularly at this time of year.”