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Friday, 10 April 2020

The disappointment of a cancelled night out for charity didn’t dampen the spirits of a Surrey Rotary club after it dug deep and made a donation to Princess Alice Hospice regardless.

With the ban on fundraising events for the foreseeable future, due to the Coronavirus emergenc, the Hospice’s income has taken a pounding.

The Hospice has launched Compassionate Care Continues: a campaign and appeal to help boost income to replace that lost by the measures imposed by Government during the crisis.

The Bookham and Horsley Rotary Club had planned to raise money with a prestigious musical evening, A Touch of Glyndebourne, featuring the Cameo Opera company from Kent and offering a three-course meal.

This would have taken place in Great Bookham’s Old Barn Hall in the centre of the village.

Rotary President Nick Garrett said: “We have done this once before and it was very well received. The plan was to sell around 140 tickets with the aim of raising some £1,500 for the Hospice – helped by local caterer Elizabeth Treliving, making this one of her charitable events of the year.

The event was to be given a boost of sponsorship by Lane’s Health, a family company of which one of the Club’s members, Paul Simons, is a director.

With postponement until 2021 an inevitable decision, the members faced disappointment and the Hospice, the loss of vital funds.

In a happy turnaround for all concerned, Lane’s very generously said the Club could keep their sponsorship money and use it to support one of their nominated charities.

At a recent meeting using Zoom technology, the club agreed to that the money going to the Hospice, and that members would match fund, making a donation of £1,300.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 2:05 pm  

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