Funds dished out, but charity work goes on

Morpeth Rotary President Paul Crook, right, with Simon Foley centre and Alan Clark.
Morpeth Rotary President Paul Crook, right, with Simon Foley centre and Alan Clark.

Morpeth Rotary Club

President of Morpeth Rotary Club Paul Crook chaired a business meeting to summarise what the club has been doing and to plan for the year ahead.

The Tree of Light built on the success of the first year in 2015.

Two Rotarians visited every shop in the centre of Morpeth last year to explain the project and to offer information on how to take part.

A total of £3,851 was raised, which allowed Rotary to give £1,150 to each of the three chosen charities and to leave a small amount to start off again in 2017. The charities were Contact Mental Health of Morpeth, the Alan Shearer Centre for disabled people and the Children’s Heart Unit at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

Work has started on a possible new website for the next Tree of Light fund-raiser.

The two-day collection at Morrisons before Christmas raised £780, and the Ellington Colliery Brass Band concert at Christmas raised £981 after donations had been made to the band, the Methodist church and Inner Wheel.

Some £1,443 has also been sent by the club as a contribution to Rotary’s own charity the Rotary Foundation, and an additional £590 paid to purchase a ShelterBox to be used anywhere in the world in case of emergency.

For the year ahead, the Membership Committee has proposed a new type of Associate Membership that allows those interested to find out all about Morpeth Rotary.

It would be for 12 months and without the need to pay a subscription. Further details are available from Jim Dunn on 01670 510008.

The club meets at Morpeth Golf Club every Tuesday, at 5.45pm. It is the same location where Paul Crook is to hold his President’s Night on Friday, February 24. New caterers will be providing the food.

A district-wide project is planned with the support of many Rotary clubs, including Morpeth, to assist young carers.

Funds are being identified for a likely start in 2017-18.

The President has the support of the club to adopt a project co-ordinated by the Stroke Society to hold a Know Your Blood Pressure day.

It aims to make people more aware that high blood pressure can predict a significant risk of stroke or heart disease.

Checks will be offered by volunteer health professionals. Anyone identified as having high blood pressure will be encouraged to contact their GP. Paul has been in touch with the three GP practices in Morpeth and they are happy to take referrals.

The club has already agreed to run a bookstall at Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering on Saturday, April 22, so it may be possible for the checks to be run on the same day.

Past President Rhona Dunn was not well enough over Christmas to bake her famous mince pies to raise money for charity. Now she is well, she is recruiting sponsors for her zip wire challenge across the River Tyne, from the roof of the Baltic, on Sunday, March 5.

Discussions are under way on a Rotary wishing well project in collaboration with Sanderson Arcade.

The aim will be to raise money for local charities. Information is being gathered from other areas on the best way to do this.