Four local charities were presented with money raised by the Ashby Rotary Clubs’ Santa collections

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Charities are presented annually with money raised by the Ashby Rotary Clubs’ Santa collections. The three Clubs were able, in 2018 to present £4500 to each of the four charities, thanks to the generosity of Ashby people who give unstintingly to collectors who accompany Santa on his visits to Ashby and the surrounding villages.

In 2018 

Ashby Castle Rotary Club President Carol Eyley presented cheques to CEEP and Measham Youth Centre.

At the presentation Steve Berrill of CEEP said ‘The heart of the charity’s work is to engage with the people of the community in North West Leicestershire, by helping them to develop and progress and reach a better future’. The project is based at Hall Farm, just outside Ashby on the A511 to Loughborough. It has several full-time leaders and a team of volunteers to help run the educational projects.

Barry McGill accepted the cheque on behalf of Measham Youth Centre which is the home of Measham Youth Club. He told those at the presentation evening at Willesley Park Golf Club that the Youth Club was started in 1964 and after selling their old cinema property was able to buy the former Methodist Chapel in Bosworth Road. He went on ‘We were lucky enough to be awarded generous grants from The Big Lottery, The Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Veolia. This enabled us to adapt the building for use as a Youth Club. Your donation will enable us to continue our valuable work for Measham young people.’

John Roberts, President of Ashby Hastings Rotary Club introduced Helen King of Burnaid. She said ‘Burnaid is a small local charity that aims to support burn survivors and their families at the Burn Centres at Birmingham Children's Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. These two Burn Centres are the only two for the region serving a population size of ten-and-a-half million and extending over a 70 mile radius around the two hospitals.
Finally, Phil Dyer, President of the Rotary Club of Ashby de la Zouch presented the cheque to Indila Simandi of Steps. She told the audience ‘Steps was started in 1994 by four families who recognised the benefits gained by their children from conductive education which is an innovative learning process pioneered at the Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary. Conductive education recognises that children with motor disabilities can develop in the same way as their able-bodied peers. It focuses on the child, not the disability.

‘The founders wanted to make the benefits available to other families locally and set up the Steps Centre for Conductive Education in Leicestershire. Steps, with its team of staff and volunteers, now provide an array of professional services to more than 50 families.’

President Phil closed the evening by telling everybody that all of the chosen charities relied exclusively on voluntary donations. He repeated ‘We are so grateful to Ashby people who never fail to support Rotary’s charitable work.’