THE Rotary Club of Lyme Regis recently held its annual soup and ploughman’s lunch at the Alexandra Hotel.
The event was held to raise funds for the charity Water Survival Box, launched in 2006 by the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge following the devastating 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.
The charity now sends its boxes to those in need following natural disasters or conflict all across the world. They contain many essential survival items, including cooking pots and utensils, health and hygiene items, basic shelter and simple tools, but most importantly a pump and filter that can be used to purify dirty water to clean and safe drinking water.
Both the dining room and orangery at the Alexandra Hotel were packed with supporters for the annual lunch, with special guests including the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, and mayoress Wendy Larcombe.
Following their two-course soup and ploughman’s lunch, guests took part in a quiz about Water Survival Box to help them learn more about the charity, as well as a raffle to boost funds.
The final total raised has not yet been announced. Members of the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis would like to thank staff from the Alexandra Hotel for their generosity in hosting the event, and all those who attended.
The event raised £1,600 for Water Survival Box which will be match-funded by the charity up to £2,600.
Rotary Club president John Berry said: “This popular event has been run by Rotary annually over more than 20 years in the Alexandra Hotel.
“Sincere thanks, once again, to the Alex for providing the venue and for your tremendous support for Rotary. Thanks also, to everyone who came along and supported us, we are, as always, humbled by your generosity.”