Charity cash has helped provide drinking water

THROUGH most of June, Morpeth Rotary Club president David Richardson and his wife Wendy held a series of charity lunches at their home in Snitter, near Rothbury.

Mr Richardson’s chosen charity is WaterAid. Rotary worldwide has been supporting the charity for more than 25 years.

It aims to raise funds to provide clean, safe drinking water for homes and communities throughout the developing world. Morpeth Rotary has already given £425 from the money raised at the recent concert in Morpeth by the Newcastle Men’s Chorus.

Mr Richardson’s main effort was to have been a sponsored sky dive in the Isle of Man, working with his son who is a skydiving instructor, but his GP would not allow it.

The club bought an Aqua Filter for £20 in March and it has been used at fundraising demonstrations. Mr Richardson loads it with dark brown, brackish water and enthusiastically drinks down the glass of clear water that comes out of the other end.

It is hoped that the 40 or so Rotary members and friends who have enjoyed lovely meals in the sometimes damp, but always beautiful Northumbrian countryside will have raised over £500 to provide Aqua Filters for those who need them.