Meeting on 12th June 2018

Charitable donations

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At the Club meeting on 12th June, 2018, President David Stokes presented cheques to Eileen Damant, of Sound On, Ipswich's talking newspaper for blind people and those with serious sight loss, and to Valerie Parmenter, of Hadleigh Optimists, which caters for partially sighted and blind people.   These donation were made in memory of Mike Sands, a member of Hadleigh Rotary for 15 years, and prior to that a member of clubs in Yorkshire.    Mike sadly passed away in January this year and Kate, Mike's widow, had very generously requested that at the Celebration of Mike's Life, donations be made payable to the Rotary Club of Hadleigh Charitable Trust Fund.  Kate nominated the two charities which had made life a little easier for Mike, who had had many years of ill-health, and also lost most of his sight in recent years.

Kate is a dedicated volunteer at the Shelley Centre for Therapeutic Riding, and Mike often accompanied her to the Centre.  As this is a cause close to their hearts, a bench is to be presented, with a brass plate in memory of Mike.