PHF award to Jonathan Ruffer
Informal award ceremony during which the Paul Harris award was presented to philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer
The Club recently chose to award the Paul Harris Fellowship to Jonathan Ruffer for his outstanding contribution to the local community. Since 2012, from his initial intervention to save the Zurbaran paintings for the Castle, Jonathan's financial and personal investment in the town has inspired a thousand local volunteers to help deliver a successful first season of Kynren, established the Auckland Castle Trust with its groundbreaking programme of projects, and generally given Bishop Auckland and its people a renewed pride and confidence in the future.
Rotarians Black, Edkins, Raine, Robertson and President Nigel Bell met with Jonathan at the Castle on Nov 24th for an informal ceremony at which the award was presented.