Lamplighter Charlotte lives in Cheadle Hulme and participates in several community WhatsApp groups. During the Covid crisis people had been asking her how they could support foodbanks and homeless charities in this time, but she was continually being told that the foodbanks only wanted financial donations, not food at this time.
The Rotary club has been supportive of Stockport Loaves and Fishes for some time; it's a registered charity which does tremendous work serving the homeless and disadvantaged people of Stockport.
Via social media, Charlotte learnt that, sadly, their drop-in centre at the Olive Branch, and Loaves and Fishes sessions on Sunday evenings had both had to close temporarily because of coronavirus.
She also learnt, however, that Stockport Loaves and Fishes runs a foodbank, and that it's an independent one - i.e. not part of the Trussell Trust foodbanks so doesn't have corporate sponsorships with the supermarkets, or receive anywhere near the amount of donations as compared to the TT foodbanks.
Thanks to social media and the generous donations (of food and toiletries) of residents of Peel Moat, Cheadle Hulme (Woodfield Road) and members of Stockport Lamplighter Rotary Club, Charlotte and David (who is a member of the local Rotary eclub) were able to deliver carrier-bags of food to the foodbank .
Photo below shows Charlotte and David making one of the deliveries.
more The club planted up and delivered pots of seasonal plants to 63 local care homes.
more The Club organised the collection of new childrens pyjamas for distribution to local hospitals.
more A video presentation of how the Lamplighters have operated during a full year of lockdown.
more Held at Heaton Mersey Community Centre on St Johns Road. Just a few of the many photos are shown below.
more Photo Gallery of event on 22nd September , great turnout from members to help promote Rotary in the local community .
more Our annual bowling match with the team from Walthew House.
more Over the four weeks of the campaign late in 2019 we put collection boxes in local stores and collected almost 3000 items of clothing ! #PeopleOfAction
more Carrying on with our decoration of Norwood House.
more We worked with local school children and the Heaton Mersey Collective to plant crocus corms . The choice of flower is a reminder of Rotary's campaign to eliminate polio , more details below.
more A display of scarecrows was organised at the station by the Rotary club along with other groups, See details below.
more In an effort to further boost community spirit and combat loneliness , the Club has sponsored signage for Buddy Benches #PeopleOfAction
more In order to highlight the Polio eradication campaign the club has again organised the planting of purple crocus corms in the area. This year some of the planting was done by pupils of Stella Maris school.
more This outdoors event will go ahead as planned following government guidelines . We may occasionally have to ask people to wait a few minutes before entering a garden if numbers are too great , particularly for the smaller gardens.