Doing what we exist for - Serving the Community.
Santa on his rounds.
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 2000 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:
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- Dyneley House 'Practice Champions'
- Fisher Medical Centre
- Yorkshire Cancer Care
- Leeds General Infirmary Child Heart Unit
- Skip to School - Skipton Juniors Football Club
- Friends of Aireville Park
- Brooklands School Pantomime
- Skipton Puppet Festival
Middletown Allotments Association
- Skipton PC Scouts
- Skipton Food Bank
- Carers Resource
- AgeUK North Craven
- Martin House
- Addingham Visor Army
If you are interested in supporting our Community activities, why not get in touch?
We turned up for 3 consecutive Wednesdays to
prepare the grounds for the return of the kids for their summer
The place had lain untouched since lockdown and the playground and hard standing areas were heavily weeded and littered and the grass had grown to almost waist height in places.