Tue 8th May 2018 at 12.00 am -

Presentation to eight charitable organisations at the Crown Hotel, Lyndhurst.

Report by Rotarian Alan Blair. Photos by Ken Ball.

"In 2015 the Club decided  to honour the memory of our Founding President Maurice Porter by setting up the Founder President’s Fund to try to find local people who are doing good work within our local New Forest community. The original funding came from personal donations from members, a donation from the Porter Family and a donation from the Rotary Club.

We sought applicants by running stories in our local newspapers and we have made 4 awards prior to this year. We have helped a lunch club on the Waterside ;  a sailability group in Totton, a Christian job club in Lymington and a supply of “ nature/environmental "books to local primary schools.

This year our publicity must have been very widely read as we had 32 applications for funding. There was a case to be made for supporting the majority of applications so the FPF team of John Kernan, Alan Blair and President Tim had a very difficult job to decide whom we should support. In the event we agreed the following 8 charities  should be supported.:-

Lyndhurst & District Community First Responders…  Funding for a defibrillator

Families Matter…...Funding for a coach to take families with special  needs children for an outing to London Zoo
Hampshire Search and Rescue Dogs…....Throw lines for rescues on or near water

New Forest Disibility Information Service …… Furniture for their expanded headquarters

Pennington Lunch Club
……....Tableware for their lunches for elderly and vulnerable local people

Home-Start New Forest………Replacement computer

Cruse New Forest……Laptop and software for a new training course to  develop bereavement counselling for young people

Ashurst & Colbury Outreach Group……To provide a PA system for their members who have  hearing difficulties

In total we handed out around £3,500 from our Founder President’s Fund.

We were blessed with a glorious day when all of the charities were able to come to The Crown where Pat Porter made the presentations to them. We feel that the nature and location of the charities would have found favour with our Founder President and the charities were all delighted with our support.”

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