Focus on local Community

A resumé of the rewarding activities in which we are involved supporting our community and good causes.

Supporting Local Charities

The club enjoys assisting the local community and finds it rewarding to be able to see the results of the help that it has given. It supports many local charities and undertakes many other activities to help the local community. Some examples follow:

Donations made in the Rotary Year 2017/2018 including:

Club President Chris Jackson's Focus Charities

The Club President Chris Jackson nominated as focus charities to support in his year the Canterbury Branch of Parkinson’s UK and Strode Park, which has recently assumed the responsibilities of Fynvola, a charity close to his heart. At a recent meeting in April 2018 the club donated £5,000 to Strode Park and £3,000 to the Canterbury Branch of Parkinson’s UK.

Catching Lives

Catching LivesA donation of £1,000 has been made to Catching Lives providing support and assistance to the homeless. Earlier projects include the renovation of the toilet facilities at the premises. 

Photograph shows Then President Bryan Collings presenting a cheque to James Duff, the Chair of Trustees of Catching Lives


A donation of £500 has been made to Festability, a local charity putting on a Music Festival in Kent for People with disabilities.

Hi Kent

In January 2018 the club donated £500 to Hi Kent, the local registered charity for the deaf and hard of hearing people in Kent, which has also benefited from the club’s previous donations made towards its running costs.


Donations have been made to Porchlight to support its valuable work with the homeless in the area and by its Rough Sleeper Team helping people off the streets.

Pilgrims Hospices

Club members act as marshals for Canterbury Half Marathon in August and a Night to Shine held in September, which are both fundraising events in aid of The Pilgrims Hospices.

Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund 

Members deliver parcels donated by the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Gift Fund to the elderly, the lonely and those in need.

Know Your Blood Pressure Day 

Know your blood pressure dayThe Club’s Know Your Blood Pressure Day was held on Friday 13th April at Asda offering free blood pressure checks to shoppers to identify those with dangerously high blood pressure and to publicise its dangers. The event was held in conjunction with The Stroke Association and with the help of stroke specialist nurses from the local NHS Kent Community Health Trust.

Photograph: President Elect Les Leslies observing blood pressures taken by the nurses.

Club President Elect Les Leslie’s Focus Charities for 2018/2019:

The club has approved Club President Elect Les Leslie’s nominated focus charities for the club to support in the next Rotary year 2018/2019. These are Hope for Tomorrow providing a mobile chemotherapy unit in East Kent and the Canterbury Umbrella Centre providing a Charity Community Centre open to everybody and particularly providing support to people with mental health problems. The club has supported both charities previously.