Rotary club of Thanet have not been able to meet at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate on their usual Mondays since March. Members have been donating some of the money they would have spent on dinner towards a Covid support fund to help those charities and other organisations who are responding to the challenge.
The club has also been drawing down its own charitable funds to help the community.
As of early February, we have donated £3,250 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 have also given £200 to help the Thanet Churches Open Xmas initiative which is providing food parcels for the community. And we have recently, June 2021, handed over almost £200 worth of food to Thanet Food Link.
Also recently, we have given a further £500 to support the ongoing work of the Ramsgate branch of the Salvation Army arising from Covid.
We have given £1,000 to the hospice whose fund raising has been badly affected by the crisis.
A steep rise in cases of reported domestic abuse has been one of the sad features of the last few months. We have given £2,500 to the Oasis domestic abuse service.
Face masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
We have have given £250 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. By mid July last year the group had produced an amazing 12,000 masks which have gone to workers in care homes, schools, pharmacies and to many others. 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 have also 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 are concerns among some charities helping to deliver the government's 'Everyone In' initiative , which aims to get rough sleepers off the streets by the Spring, 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 have given 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 are feeling isolated during the pandemic.
Rotary club of Thanet will continue to support the community response to Covid for so long as our funds permit. If you would like to contribute to our funds, please click the donate button below.
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