Rotary club of Thanet were not able to meet at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate on their usual Mondays when restrictions started to be applied. Members donated some of the money they would have spent on dinner towards a Covid support fund to help those charities and other organisations who were responding to the challenge.
The club also drew down its own charitable funds to help the community.
We donated £3,250 and over £200 in food to Thanet Food Link (Margate), £2,250 to the Salvation Army (Ramsgate) plus £1,000 to the Gap project in Broadstairs to purchase essential supplies in support of those in need.We also gave £200 to help the Thanet Churches Open Xmas initiative. A further £500 went to support the ongoing work of the Ramsgate branch of the Salvation Army arising from Covid.
We gave £1,000 to the hospice whose fund raising had been badly affected by the crisis.
A steep rise in cases of reported domestic abuse was one of the sad features of lockdown and we gave £2,500 to the Oasis domestic abuse service.
Face masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
£250 went to Thanet Facemasks, a group of volunteer sewers who came together to produce masks for emergency workers in Thanet. Some of our members also donated materials for the cause. Alison, caught in the picture above, was the first person to join the group and produced over 1,000 masks on her own, as well as coordinating the efforts of others in Westgate. A local hero.
And we contributed £500 to the costs incurred by Kent Volunteers Community Transport Service in providing PPE for volunteer drivers and their clients attending hospital appointments.
There were concerns among some charities helping to deliver the government's 'Everyone In' initiative , which aimed to get rough sleepers off the streets, that the ending of furlough support and the lifting of restrictions on evictions for payment arrears could cause a significant rise in the numbers coming to them for support. We are long standing supporters of Porchlight and we gave them a further £1000 to help with their work.Isolation
£250 to Age UK to support the work of their carers responding to needs of the elderly who were feeling isolated during the pandemic.
Rotary club of Thanet continued to support the community response to Covid for so long as necessary. If you would like to contribute to our funds, please click the donate button below.
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The Rotary Club of Thanet has raised £636.50 through Graham Channon who was last year’s Master at Arms. At Grahams discretion this amount was donated to The MS Society, a charity close to his and our members hearts.more