Shoppers back Rotary appeal for flood victims

PUBLISHED: 16:30 11 January 2016

Rotary Club volunteers collecting for flood victims in the north of England.

Rotary Club volunteers collecting for flood victims in the north of England.

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Kind-hearted shoppers have helped raise thousands of pounds for communities affected by recent flooding in the north of England.

The idea of fundraising for those hit by the severe flooding over the festive period was conceived by members of Exmouth and District Rotary Club, with the idea initially suggested by Keith Turner. However, with a shortage of helpers available due to the Christmas break, volunteers from Exmouth Raleigh Rotary Club were also drafted in to help.

Rotarian Cliff Lenn organised a rota of collections at the Exmouth Tesco superstore in Salterton Road, in the Magnolia Centre, and in Budleigh High Street, on New Year’s Eve and Saturday, January 2.

A total of £3,243.31 was collected, which, with Gift Aid contributions, will reach close to £4,000.

Exmouth and District Rotary Club’s Norman Hawkins said: “Our thanks are due to the many kind and generous people who put their money in our buckets and those who signed Gift Aid forms, which will boost their gift by 25 per cent.

“We also thank Tesco manager Adrian Fielding and staff, whose permission produced some 50 per cent of our total, and the staff at Hays Travel in Budleigh who supplied us with warm drinks.

“Finally, our thanks to family and friends who helped in many ways.”

The Exmouth Rotarians are currently in discussions with rotary clubs in the north about how the funds raised might be best used.

If you would like to donate, contributions are still being collected. They can be sent by post to Exmouth Rotary Flood Appeal c/o Manor Hotel, Exmouth, EX8 2AG.


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