Despite lockdown restrictions, the Rotary Club of Cotswold Tyndale has donated over £8,300 to deserving causes over the past fortnight.
Under the leadership of president Linda Heath, Cotswold Tyndale has overall donated £13,500 in the past year in spite of the early curtailment of fundraising activities as a result of the lockdown.
Derek Aston, who has been heavily involved with the club, said: “Due to Covid we recently held a Zoom meeting to discuss the dispersement of the charity funds we had accrued over the past nine months, as ever focusing on deserving causes in our locale.
“Despite the impacts of the virus, the Pied Piper Appeal received £5,000 to fulfil our commitment to St Rose’s School in Stroud to acquire hosts for special needs children at this fabulous facility.
“Our other commitment at the start of the year was to Diabetes UK, which has received unprecedented requests for help over the past few weeks. Our donation of £2,000 could not have come at a better time.
“GL11 received £200, which pays for the non-food items in their weekly household relief boxes for four weeks.
“South Gloucestershire Scrub Hub has received £500 towards the cost of materials for hundreds of NHS scrubs they have made and donated at this critical time.”
Several other local charities struggling with the crisis, including the Willow Trust, also received donations.
The money donated was raised through an assortment of fundraising activities and events, including stewarding at the North Nibley show, a Flamenco evening in Stinchcombe village hall, and a Michaelwood Poppy collection for the Royal British Legion.
Derek added: “It is amazing to see the wonderful community spirit that has galvanised people in and around Wotton.
“That said, it has always been an amazing place to live and as a past resident of Wotton involved in events such as the Millennium celebrations I have always been impressed.
“Rotary clubs throughout the world continue to work in their local communities, as does Cotswold Tyndale.
“Weekly Zoom meetings are now the norm, with plans being made to resume our valuable youth programmes and fundraising as soon as we are able to do so.”