Doing what we exist for - Serving the Community, in this case Manorlands.
Community service is at the heart of what we do in the Rotary Club of Skipton Craven. We stand ready to support any local community projects provided they are reasonable and are not beyond the capabilities of our members.
Our service to the local community can involve us providing marshals for charity runs/walks, collecting donations at the gates during the Manorlands Summer Garden Party, assisting other charities with their street or supermarket collections, sponsoring holidays for carers, and generally supporting other community activities in the local area.
Community fundraising is a major activity, whether it be through our annual Santa Fun Run when, for one Sunday morning in November, the streets of Skipton turn red with around 1000 men, women and children running the 5 km course in support of our Club charities or of charities of their choice; or our supermarket collections in Skipton’s Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets on four Saturdays and Sundays in December, again in support of the Club’s nominated charities – and for the children, a first sighting of Santa!
But, the highlight of our fundraising year is our Christmas street collections over 11 evenings immediately before Christmas, when Santa and his sleigh and a host of ‘helpers’ take to the streets of Skipton and its surrounding villages, to raise money for our nominated charities.
It is an event that brings so much joy to the young children as we accompany Santa and his sleigh walking the streets with our collecting boxes; and, the tremendous amount of money that we collect over the 11 days truly reflects the generosity of the people of Skipton and its surrounding villages.
Throughout the year, we support a variety of local charities with donations from our Charity Fund normally of between £150 and £1000, and larger amounts go to the President’s preferred charities.
Local charities that we have recently supported include:
- Manorlands Hospice
- Children's Heart Surgery Fund
- Craven Volunteer Bureau
- Skipton Extended Learning For All (SELFA)
- Speak With IT
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- 1st Bradley Guides
- Brooklands Community Special School
- Carers' Resource Charity
- Cancer Support Yorkshire
- Skipton Puppet Festival
- Skipton & Craven Action for Disability (SCAD
If you are interested in supporting our Community activities, why not get in touch?