One good turn deserves another

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MORPETH community groups have been able to show that one good turn deserves another.

Over the years, the British Red Cross has attended Morpeth Lions Club’s Meet the Lions event in a supporting capacity and at the time of the 2008 floods it worked with the group, as well as Morpeth Rotary Club, to provide local assistance.

Recently the Red Cross Society was given permission to hold a street collection in the town, but a series of circumstances meant that with just days to go, local Red Cross worker Ted Phizacklea was going to be the only person undertaking the collection.

On hearing of his plight, five Morpeth Lions members volunteered to assist on the streets for two hours, while Rotarians collected at the Morrisons store for a total of six hours.

Mr Phizacklea said: “On behalf of British Red Cross I would like to say how grateful we are to Morpeth Lions Club who joined me on the streets of Morpeth to raise £371 in such a short time.

“Additionally, thank you to Morpeth Rotary Club who handed in £200 that was collected in Morrisons, making a marvellous total of £571.43.

“This will greatly assist our organisation in its work both in this country and overseas.”

Lions organiser Simon Pringle said: “It has been a privilege to be able to assist the British Red Cross, particularly in view of its unstinting support during the 18 months following the flooding.

“Once again the people of Morpeth have demonstrated their generosity and it has been great for the Lions and Rotary Clubs to be working together with Red Cross again.”