February 2021 Update

A positive vibe in the air!

February seemed to fly by. We experienced a mixture of snow and ice together with incessant rain but the appearance of Spring bulbs, and more importantly Purple Crocuses, reminded us all of the achievement of Rotary in our quest of eradiating Polio.

Our zoom speaker for the month, Rebecca Brown from St Mary’s Hospice, gave an enlightening account of the work being done by the Hospice.  Despite the effects and restrictions imposed on them by the Covid 19 pandemic, the Hospice overriding passion is that anyone living with an advancing illness should get the kindness, love and care we would wish for ourselves. With their expert care and compassion the Hospice patients are offered comfort, choice and dignity.

Members were left in no doubt as to the incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic approach used by all the volunteers and staff.  With costs of around £3.5 million a year, of which only 17% is paid for by the NHS, £9,000 per day has to be raised from outside sources. This lead on to us hearing of the St Marys ‘March into March’ 9000 step challenge – representing the daily cost of the hospice. https://www.stmaryshospice.org.uk/shop-online/events/fundraising/step-up/step-for-st-marys-hospice-march-into-march/  

The club agreed to complete another Virtual Walk with members determining their own mileage/step challenge and not be tied to 9000 steps.  A suggested donation registration fee of £30 per participant would be paid to club funds and donated, together with Gift Aid as appropriate, at the end of the challenge to St Marys. The virtual walk will cover 'The Coast to Coast' long distance footpath, St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay - a distance of just under 190 miles. Colin Thomson once again volunteered to organise the Whatsapp walking group and administer the mileage, route info etc.

Ending the meeting a donation was made to the Hospice with the promise that once Covid restrictions are lifted we will be in a position to organise a larger community-based Fund Raiser for St Marys.

Following an article in the February 2021 Rotary magazine and a club council discussion of the sheer scale of the plastics problem, we are hoping to participate in the annual Rotary End Plastic Soup Action Day taking place on Saturday 5th June 2021. More info over the next few weeks. https://endplasticsoup.nl/en/endplasticsoupactionday/

The month concluded on 23rd February 2021 with a celebration of Rotary Day with a zoom End Polio Cheese & Wine Evening and fun Quiz in aid of Purple for Polio. With a good selection of cheeses and full glasses to hand members and friends battled their wits with rounds ranging from ‘Purple’ themed questions to the more bizarre round ‘Is this the name of a cheese or an Ikea item’? The evening finished with a good chinwag and donations raised for the ongoing Polio eradication campaign.

With a number of our members having received their first Covid vaccinations there is a positive vibe as we move into March and look forward to sunny walks and, hopefully, the opportunity to see our loved ones with less restricitons.