Club raises over £20,000 for DEC Ukrainian Appeal

An astonishing amount raised in just 4 weeks!


With thanks to Judy for this club update

Is there anything more energising to a regular Rotarian than the opportunity to don a club tabard and wield a charity collecting bucket in the event of immediate action required for a national or international emergency?

When everyone is wanting to ‘do something’ to help out, yet individually feels helpless from afar at the enormity of it, the collective efforts at club level building on Rotary profile can rapidly produce very worthy results.  The task becomes even more rewarding when that willingness is met with universal approval and sympathy from the donating public.

Ambleside Kirkstone Rotary were quick to react to the Ukraine Emergency and chose DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal the moment it was backed by UK Government for the reassurance that endorsement gave to the public in those early moments about where the money was to be sent.

Nationally known retailer Lakeland, a firm favourite visit for all Lake District holidaymakers, permitted a manned collecting station for 4 hours per day for 2 weeks within their store.  Equally famous Ambleside Hayes Garden World accepted static unmanned collecting buckets by their tills for over 4 weeks.  A street collection permit was hastily commissioned and enjoyed on a sunny Saturday.  Privately granted access to collect in pubs and eateries in Windermere, Bowness & Ambleside was extremely fruitful and money cascaded into collecting buckets with great willingness.  Full use was made of portable Zettle card machines for electronic card & phone payments in addition to cash. 

In four weeks over £20,000 has been raised and continues to grow, with HMRC Gift Aid and Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme refunds yet due on a substantial amount of it.

At all stages conversations have been about horrific this war is in C21st Europe and how unimaginably horrendous it must be for people ripped instantly from a safe and peaceful world and plummeted into such unspeakable turmoil.  Our hearts and admiration go out to everyone involved for their continuing sacrifice, stoicism and bravery, with fervent hopes for peace to be possible at the soonest possible moment.

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Good things happen when you have fun £645 raised for P.I.E.S

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An astonishing amount raised in just 4 weeks!

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£2500 for St Mary's Hospice

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Members & friends enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Lunch at the Brown Horse WInster

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Presentation to Becky Brown Area Fundraiser for St Mary's Hospice

From Pink 5K celebration to Crocus planting & Poppy Remembrance

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Martin Clark takes a very early dip to raise more donations for our Pink 5K Appeal for St Mary's Hospice!

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A great afternoon walk followed by delicious scones and a cuppa all in aid of St Mary's Hospice

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A happy afternoon of chatting, singing and a delicious Afternoon Tea

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From Antarctica to Ambleside Action for a Future

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Reducing our Carbon Footprint and Community Fund Raising excitement

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Members and friends enjoying an evening of happy banter, delicious food and most importantly friendship AK style

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A glorious evening for learning more about Galava Roman Fort

Enjoying fun & friendship in glorious weather

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The story of Aunt Maggie's Bloomers!

At last we enjoy a outdoor meeting without Zoom!

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"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." George Orwell, 1984 Meanwhile, here at AK Rotary members were introduced to Strigiformes even before our Call my Bluff evening!

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We Marched into March enjoying Coastlines, Castles, Turkey, St Kilda and St Patrick

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A positive vibe in the air!

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                       All in the Pink at the Stepping Stones

At last we meet socially and have fun!

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How lucky we are to live in such a wonderful location

Despite the Covid pandemic having dominated all lives and events during this year, AK has continued with friendship and service locally and internationally - just on a smaller and different scale.

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Bearathons and Tea t'Door

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A socially distanced welcome to President Val and help from Rotary Clubs around the Coast

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'WE STOOD SHOULDER TO SHOULDER AS A FAMILY AND FAILURE WAS NOT AN OPTION.'

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More Zoom, a 1374 Mile Walk & a virtual Pint at Lands End!

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New Members and Recycling - rubbish not members!

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Let's go for a walk someone said!

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Poppies to parkruns a busy month with lots of community involvement

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An Unforgettable Month

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A month the UK will never forget

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Auld Grey Town to Willow Lanterns

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A Month of Storms, Fraud, Bridge and Caring for others

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Over £2400 raised for Alzheimer's Research UK at this years DUCK RACE!

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An amazing afternoon of Pink Fun raising vital funds for Target Ovarian Cancer

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Welcome to Summer!

Water Projects, Pink Bling, Family Heirlooms and Japan

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Community Visits and Events

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From Apple Grafting to Shelter Box

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Where it all started in July 2018

July 2018 - July 2019 A Great Year "Thank You" Everyone!

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69 large poppies, inscribed with the name of a local man who gave his life in WW1 have been erected on lamp -posts around the town.

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