In spite of the many challenges that the corona virus pandemic presents, the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill continues to function, albeit remotely, through the magic of Zoom. Since the start of lock-down the club has continued its regular Monday night meetings via the internet. It may not be quite the same as the normal lively banter between the members, but the meetings still manage to have some of the sense of companionship and fun of our usual meetings.
The Zoom meetings also have a serious side: we still conduct business and have been able to have a presentation from the representatives of Havens Hospices, Community Fundraiser Sally Bridger and Director of Care Ellie Miller, who gave us details of the facilities at the new Fair Havens Hospice off Priory Crescent, up-dates on renovation work at Little Havens that took place last year by Loop Interiors and the work with older children by The J’s, which takes place in patient’s homes and the local community. Sally also cited several heart-rending letters from patients praising the sympathetic welcome and treatment that they had received from the staff.
Sally, when questioned about the additional challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic, indicated that the charity is continuing to provide palliative nursing at Fair Havens and through their Hospice at Home service out in the community.
They are also supporting the local NHS by opening up more beds to children at Little Havens/patients at Fair Havens, if they need to be discharged from hospital. This helps to reduce pressure and free up acute beds and staff so the NHS can help on the frontline treating patients with Coronavirus. The Care Teams are diversifying the type of care they provide – if patients/families choose to not have people in their home, the hospice is helping with fetching prescriptions, shopping and signposting to other support networks.
In addition, the charity has launched its Coronavirus Crisis Bereavement Line, with the support from NHS Southend CCG and NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG, to support adults and children across Essex bereaved directly or indirectly as a result of the Coronavirus.
The corona virus pandemic has, however, presented a serious problem with funding as all their Charity Shops are closed and fund raising from sponsorships from major events such as the London Marathon has dried up. In common with all health care establishments, the Hospices have adequate supplies of PPE, but supplies are never guaranteed.
The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill has supported Havens Hospices for many years and the members were again impressed with the care that it provides for the local community particularly in the current crisis and, after some brief discussion, decided to donate £1000 towards the costs of maintaining this caring, essential service.
more The members of the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill were each asked to nominate a charity for the club to donate £100 in their name from the funds raised by the club. As a result, a total of £2,700 has been donated among 20 charities. See details below.
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more Since former President, Jackie Wellman’s, initial bicycle collection staged just after total lock-down eased on 2nd June when she and Rtn. Sertac Yilmaz collected 40 bikes and 42 on the following day, the project has gone from strength to strength.
more President of the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill, Dr. Geoff Kittle presented two laptops to the pupils of Grove Wood Primary School.
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill presents laptops to Glebe Primary School
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill collects 82 bicycles for re-cycle
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill donates to The Danny Green Fund
more The members 0f the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill, having been made aware of the good work being carried out by the Rawreth Riding for the Disabled Association by their Community and Vocational Chairman, Alan Buxton, voted to make a donation to the charity
more When the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill were approached by the Grange Parent and Toddler Group regarding a contribution towards funding a much needed storage box for their outdoor toys the club was pleased to be able to totally fund the box
more At a recent meeting, we were entertained by David Stanley and the members of the Southend Music Man Project. At the conclusion of their performance Senior Vice-President Jackie Wellman presented the Project members with a cheque for £3000
more At the club’s Monday meeting, Katie Packard, a student at Southampton University, visited the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill to describe her vision of helping school children in Uganda by building playgrounds
more Hannah Kittle ran the London Marathon to raise money for the paediatric intensive care unit at St. George’s Hospital, London to thank the doctors and nurses who saved her baby’s life
more We we wonderfully entertained at our meeting on 27th November 2017 by some of the students from the Music Man Project and after dinner we were given a truly inspirational talk by David Stanley, their founder.
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill took the opportunity of the visit of District 1240’s District Governor, Nick Sillitoe to present him with a cheque for £600 in aid of BuildAid, one of his nominated charities.
more Rayleigh CAB volunteers Sue Murray and Gordon Raymer were on hand to take delivery of a new computer donated by the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill.
more Mica Day, representative of Southend Hospital, receives cheque for Â£2000 from our club.
more President Bill Farmer presents a cheque for Â£250 to Carol Warren, the manager of the Hockley and Hawkwell over 55's Club
more Following a performance by the Mushroom Theatre Company at the Rayleigh Mill Rotary Club, members Dave Jarvis, MD of Essex Civil Engineering, and Howard Pannell, MD of Pannell Development, donated Â£1,000 to the Equal Performing Arts charity.
more RNLI representative Terry Sheppard is presented with a cheque for Â£2,000 from Past President Alec Banyard.
more Great team effort raises Â£4000 for local MS Society and Parkinson's UK Support Group
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