After 9 weeks of hard work by the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry volunteers, the journalists on the Wakefield Express, the staff of the Community Awareness Programme Charity in Market Street, staff and pupils from Ackworth School, the staff at the Early Help Centres and the support of hundreds of Express readers, businesses and groups all around the greater Wakefield area, the last of the over 1000 Hampers was delivered to a family this week.
The project, started back in October, was to help over 1000 families in our area have a merry Christmas that they might otherwise not have been able to have. We all want to have a Christmas filled with fun and laughter, and enjoying good Christmas fayre but unfortunately that is not always possible for everyone.
In 2014 we managed to help over 500 families, in 2015 we helped over 800 families and this year the magical figure was to help over 1000. Well we did do that with masses of help from our many supporters. In the end we made and delivered 1053 hampers to families in this area who really needed that help.
Laura and her 4 children are typical of the families who have benefitted from the hamper programme. Laura, who was subjected to significant domestic violence, has made a fresh start and is bringing up her children as a single parent family with some help from her mum, Dawn. Nonetheless it is extremely difficult and she receives help from the Early Help organisation. However the hamper came as a wonderful surprise at this festive time of the year.
After receiving the hamper and some small gifts for the children, also from the donations by Express readers, Laura said “We would all like to say a big thank you to the people who have donated food, hampers and gifts to the Xmas Appeal. Christmas will be much more special thanks to all of you.”
more Christmas is just two over two months away - and that means it's time to launch the Wakefield Express-backed Christmas Hamper Appeal 2020.
more President Ray today laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Wakefield on behalf of the Club as part of Remembrance Sunday.
more Helping people in need during the Covid-19 pandemic
more A talk about India by Philippa Kaye, author of the book ‘Escape To India’
more Planting 2,000 crocus corms to raise awareness of Rotary's efforts to end polio
more This morning saw the installation of the plinth to mark the 'Crocus Garden' which we established in October 2020 to mark Rotary's efforts to eradicate Polio worldwide.
more Christmas food parcels for the most needy in our community
more Wakefield Chantry have always been strong supporters of youth and recognise the value of RYLA courses provided by Rotary
more Wakefield Chantry collected and packed nearly 500 food boxes for needy families this Christmas.
more Paul Harris Fellowship award to the Rev Trevor Grewcock when he addressed the Club with the New Year’s Message
more Moray Bisset’s President Evening and Burns' Night combo tradition
more This year's Band Concert
more Chantry Rotary work with Wakefield CAP to give 1000 parcels to the needy
more This weeks club meeting included a Support Dogs presentation.
more President Moray Bisset has handed over the Presidential Chain of Office to Rotarian Ray Spencer
more Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry with year 6 pupils at West Bretton Junior and Infants School showing off their Dictionaries 4 Life
more Zoom meeting speaker talks about New Zealand's reaction to the pandemic
more Ten local Rotary Clubs come together during these unprecedented times
more Rotary clubs twice annual golf game
more The Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry celebrating their 35th birthday
more "Know your Blood Pressure” session at the Riding Shopping Centre in Wakefield
more Peter Kench in his first evening concert since taking over as Musical Director of the Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band
more The Rotary club of Wakefield Chantry, sprang a surprise on an unsuspecting Jill Brookling recently
more THEY DID IT!!!!
more For the 17th year in a row, the hugely popular Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club LEGENDS NIGHT was held recently at the St Pierre Hotel in Newmillerdam.
more President elect Neil Dodgson, our new president Dick Wood and immediate past president Chris Sharp
more Keeping The Beat target reached
more Waterton Park Golf Club
more Wakefield Chantry 35th birthday
more Know your blood pressure
more Christmas Cheer Arrives For Families In Our Area
more The Chantry visit to Parliament on the day history was made, March 18th 2003, when theMP’s debated the UK’s entry into the Iraq war.
more Dick Wood, President elect, Chris Sharp, New President and Bob Guard, Retiring President at the handover.
more Andrew Slater (Master of Ceremonies), Chris Sharp (President Elect), Derek Cocup, Clr June Cliffe (Mayor), John Parry (the Voice of Wimbledon), Hazel Haas (Rotary District Governor), Jack Cliffe (Mayors Consort), Bob Guard (President)
more The 11 models/customers who showed off the Boutique"™s Spring/Summer ranges at the Charity Fashion Show
more Bob Guard, (President, Wakefield Chantry), Pauline Trusselle, (Head of Music and Singing), stars of the show Elliott Lee (Sweeney Todd) and Isobel Oliver-Haste (Mrs Lovett) and Graham Wilson (Chantry liaison with CAPA)
more Will, Rebecca and Elliot with Chantry President Bob Guard
more We provide Christmas Hampers to needy families in the greater Wakefield area
more Members of the public and the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry at last year"™s "Know Your Blood Pressure" day in the Ridings.
more Rebecca Ward and Guy Beardsmore, giving their presentation to the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry at the Hotel St Pierre, Newmillerdam
more PERFORMANCE:- Students from CAPA College perform a song from the musical "Godspell" for the members of the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry at the presentation evening of the final tranche of the inaugural Chantry Rotary Scholarship to Joe Timpson
more Hazel Haas (DG) and Bob Guard (President) at the Hotel St Pierre before the club meeting.
more Andrew Slater (r), and Bob Guard(l), President of the Rotary Club, in front of a picture of the SS Lusitania docked in New York harbour the year before her final voyage.