DESPITE being in lockdown, members of the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis are still meeting regularly via a video sharing app.
This has worked very successfully in allowing members to carry on with club activities, as well as keeping in visual touch with other members and associates.
A spokesperson for the Rotary Club said: “These are unprecedented times that we all find ourselves in and we must all contribute where we can. This month the Rotary Club have decided to support a number of very worthwhile causes.
“We have again been pleased to support the Yeovil Freewheelers part of the national Blood Bike group, who regularly serve Dorset County Hospital, Yeovil District hospital and the surrounding community hospitals, in delivering urgent and essential supplies.
“They are a group of 55 volunteer motor cyclists who are now helping the NHS in their fight against the coronavirus by transporting blood samples through the night to new test centres recently set up in the area.
“Unfortunately, this additional workload comes at a time when they have seen a large drop in donations due to the cancellation of many of their fund raising activities. We are therefore pleased to have been able to donate £250 to this very worthwhile charity.
“We are also pleased to have been able to support Lyme Forward in their operation of the local foodbank with a donation of £250.
“The foodbank covers the Lyme Regis , Charmouth and Uplyme area with more than 20 volunteers. It opens once a week on a Wednesday between 10am and 12noon at The Hub in Lyme Regis, providing provisions for individuals and families from the area who are in much need, particularly at the current time when already difficult circumstances are increased many fold.
“The West Dorset Scrubers are a group of proactive local volunteers who have got together to support the NHS in Dorset by sourcing and making medical scrubs, wash bags and masks. They are providing much needed equipment to our Dorset County Hospital, community hospitals and other frontline staff working in our area.
“Two members of our local club are involved in the collection and making of some of these items and members have been collecting and donating materials for their use.
“We have also been able to donate £250 to this fantastic effort to go towards them buying specialist material for the medical scrubs.”