Presentation to the Specialist Baby Unit, Horton Hospital, proceeds from the Shipston Rotary Tree of Life
Fri Jan 1st 2010

News for January 2010 1. 30rs in Shipston 2. Worst snow for 30yrs cause cancellation of Club weekly meeting 3. Presentation to Specialist Baby Unit, Horton Hospital 4. ShelterBox sent to aid the Haiti disaster effort


The Rotary Club of Shipston on Stour celebrate 30yrs

   Founder Members in 1980

10th January - Snow blizzards hit Shipston and surrounding areas

By Bill Brown


With some of the worst snow conditions for 30 years, South Warwickshire was one of the worst affected areas in the Midlands with Shipston having over 30 cm of snow falling over 2 days, many homes were cut off for upto 4 days.

Schools were closed and for a short time, traffic could not get in or out of the Town.

For the first time in many years the Club had to cancel their weekly meeting on the 5th January when only 4 members were able to make their way to the Halford Bridge Hotel, 3 who lived in Halford and one who drove 3 miles in horrendous conditions

 Presentation to the Specialist Baby Unit, Horton Hospital, Banbury

 By Bill Brown


Rotary Club of Shipston on Stour presenting cheque to Specialist Baby Unit, Banbury

Rtn Avryl Thompson (Tree of Life Chair), Debbie Hancox (Sister at Specialist Baby Unit) receiving cheque from 1st Vice Chris Wood

In 2003 and every year since, the Rotary Club of Shipston on Stour have erected the Tree of Life that stands proudly in the centre of Shipston on Stour throughout the festive season.

Each light is sponsored in the memory of loved ones no longer with us. As fitting tribute to them, the Club donate funds raised, to the Specialist Baby Unit at Horton Hospital, Banbury to enable them to buy specialist equipment or to use however they feel it can benefit. The funds donated from the 2008 Tree of Life was used to upgrade and improve the family room to provide parents with pleasant surroundings during their traumatic periods.

When presented with the cheque raised from the 2009 Tree of Life, Debbie Hancox the sister in charge of the unit informed the Club that this year they will be using the money towards acquiring a thermal vapour unit which assists young babies in their breathing




The Rotary Club of Shipston on Stour send a Shelter Box to Haiti

 By Bill Brown


Contents of the ShelterBox

Earthquake survivors living in ShelterBox tents set up in Delmas 33, Henfrasa, Porto Au Prince, Haiti

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ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelters to provide warmth and dignity to people affected by disasters worldwide. Starting as the brainchild of one Rotarian with the support of his Rotary club in year 2000 – ShelterBox has grown to become the largest Rotary Club project in the 100 year history of the organisation.

Rotarian support currently contributes an estimated 50% of ShelterBox donations. Around 5,000 rotary clubs worldwide have supported ShelterBox since it was launched . The Haiti earthquake disaster has again seen ShelterBox react immediately with the Rotary Club of Shipston on Stour joining with many others by donating a box. Each box costs £490 delivered direct to the emergency,  each has a unique number so that it can be tracked wherever in the World.

 At the heart of every ShelterBox is a ten-person tent that is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall. In addition to the tent, the boxes contain a range of other survival equipment including thermal blankets, insulated ground sheets, mosquito nets, as well as life saving means of water purification. 

Life saving equipment is just part of the ShelterBox, in addition means of self-sufficiency are provided by a basic tool kit containing a hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters. These items enable people to improve their immediate environment, by chopping firewood or digging a latrine, then, when it is possible, to start repairing or rebuilding their home. 

A key piece in every box is either a wood burning or multi-fuel stove - that can burn anything from diesel to old paint. This provides the heart of the new home where water is boiled, food is cooked and families congregate. In addition, there are pans, utensils, bowls, mugs and water storage containers

Every box contains a children's pack containing drawing books, crayons and pens; for those who have lost most, if not all, their possessions, these small gifts are treasured.

Should you wish to join in with the Rotary Club and assist in this worthwhile cause, go to the 'Contact Page' above and then 'ShelterBox and we will provide you with further details


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