Kind-hearted Rotarians donate lunch money to Northampton good causes

More than £10,000 - plus Gift Aid - split between five charities

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 3:36 pm
Weston Favell Food Bank

Rotarians in Northampton who donated the money they would normally have spent on their weekly lunch face-to-face meetings during lockdown have raised an incredible £10,000.

The money will be donated to The Hope Centre, Home-start, The Lowdown, Weston Favell Food Bank and EVE Northampton.

A spokesperson for the club: "Prior to the first lockdown, the club met weekly at Brampton Heath Golf Club for lunch.

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"Lunch meetings were partly social and partly to discuss and plan fund raising events for charities. Since then, all meetings have been by Zoom or in very small groups, depending on the government’s rules. There have been significant limitations on the usual fund-raising events.

"The club has join with other Rotary Clubs to organise virtual charity fund raising events, including a virtual round the world bike ride and a virtual Santa Run.

"In May 2020 Club members agreed that lunch meetings were unlikely for the foreseeable future. So, Club Members agreed to voluntarily donate some of the amount they would have spent on lunch to a Virus Aid Fund.

"By March 2021, £10,000 plus, including Gift Aid, had been raised," the spokesperson said.

For more information on what Rotary does, visit https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=430