Rotary raised £20,000 despite coronavirus pandemic

Simon Pearson, head of Dorset County Hospital Cancer Charity Appeal, pictured with Rotary president John Berry and Stan Jones of the Rotary District Foundation

DESPITE  the coronavirus pandemic, the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has still managed to raise more than £20,000 this year, enabling it to support 23 different organisations.

Most recently the club has made a £750 donation to the West Dorset Scrubbers, who have been making and supplying scrubs, masks, headbands, etc. to the NHS and care homes in the region.

Organisations helped in the local community this year include the St Michael’s Church Tower Fund, Lyme Regis and Charmouth Christmas lights, Charmouth 1st Scout Group, Lyme Regis Foodbank, the RNLI, Lyme Regis cancer Research UK, Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support and West Dorset and Yeovil Freewheelers.

The club has also made its annual donation of dictionaries to pupils at all local primary schools.

Major donations have also been made to Julia’s House Dorset Hospice for children, Brain Tumour Research, Water Survival Box,  Rotary Polio Plus, Doncaster Rotary Flood Relief and the Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust.

The club’s annual Lyme Lunge, held on New Year’s Day, raised £4,500 this year and £3,500 last year, and the Rotary District was able to gain a Rotary International Global grant to match fund this amount enabling members top donate almost £14,000 to the Dorset County Hospital Cancer Appeal.

The amounts were split between equipment for the new radiotherapy wing completed last year, and the refurbishment of the chemotherapy department this year.

Simon Pearson who runs the charitable appeal for Dorset County Hospital joined Rotary Club President John Berry as one of the intrepid swimmers on New Year’s Day.

A spokesperson for the club said: “The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is still meeting regularly albeit via video conferencing and are very much still in action despite having undergone this extensive lock down period.

“We are approaching the end of our Rotary year in July when the current President John Berry hands over to the new President for 2020/2021 Richard Main.

“We are hopeful when we are through the worst of this pandemic we can resume our Rotary activities and continue to support the many charities and organisations in the community and world at large.

“We are having to innovate this year and find new ways of fund raising so do hope our many supporters will follow our activities and be able to join us for our events and activities.

“Why not consider joining the Rotary family, the largest service organisation for men and women in the world?”

To find out more abut joining Rotary, visit  or call Peter Fortnam on 01297 443145.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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