We had a stand displaying details and selling tickets for the charity concert being held on the 27th September in aid of the new hospice being built at Risley. We also demonstrated the Rotary Aqua box Filter and a display explaining the work of Alfreton Rotary Club along with a game of skill aiming to knock over twelve tins with three bean bags. This was enjoyed by the children visiting the stand.
We were pleased to be joined on the stand by our friends 0from the Amber Valley Rotary Club.
District 1220 Governors Visit
On Tuesday evening the 6th of August the Rotary Clubs of Amber Valley, Clay Cross and Ripley joined us at Santo’s restaurant for a visit from David Hood this years District Governor.
It was an evening of excellent fellowship with an enjoyable and interesting address from David who based his talk on this years Rotary theme of “Rotary Connects the World”.
At todays meeting we invited guests from neighbouring Rotary Clubs to join us to hear our guest speaker Adela Appleby the Hospice Campaign Fund Raising Manager to tell us about the fund raising, building and the day to day running of the new hospice to be built at Risley, Derbyshire at a cost of £3 million together with a further £2 million running costs for the first year all of which will have to be raised by donations.
At present Tree Tops Hospice Care provides an Out-Patient and at home service for patients and their families for end of life care. Currently, there are no independent hospice beds available in the South of Derbyshire or South Nottinghamshire
Tree Tops Hospice Care have been granted planning permission to build a 12 bedded In-Patient Unit on their Risley site which will cater for patients and their families from South Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
The care patients receive while at Tree Tops Hospice is provided completely free of charge.
The Rotary Clubs in South Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have joined together and pledged to raise sufficient monies to pay for the building and sponsoring of one of the bedrooms.
Alfreton Rotary Club have organised a Charity Concert with the proceeds being donated towards Rotary District 1220 Tree Tops Hospice sponsorship fund.
Wednesday the 17th July was prize giving evening at the David Nieper Academy and our club President Mandy was there to present the Matt Bingham Award for contribution to Academy Life. Mandy was accompanied by Rotarians Roger Stevenson and David Smith who were delighted to hear head teacher and Rotarian Dr. Hobbs recount the achievements, changes and successes of the last year.
Subject prizes and attitude to Learning Awards were presented by Mr. Richard Taylor, Managing Director of Owen Taylor and Sons Limited. Special Individual Awards were nominated and introduced by their staff sponsor who outlined the reasons for their success.
President Mandy presented the Trophy and £50. cash to Rachael Nash in recognition of her contribution to Academy Life. Rachael is certainly a charming young lady who was most grateful and appreciative of the Award, as was her proud family.
The evening ended with a ‘slide’ show of the years activities and it was certainly an action packed year. All school places are filled for next year and staff numbers increased; so we look forward to supporting the continued progress of the Academy.
The club presented a cheque for £750.00 to Past District Governor Peter Swinscoe a representative of the Rotary Jaipur Limb Project being the proceeds from the Charity Evening of Folk and Sea Shanty Songs recently held at Riddings Community Centre.
Peter thanked us for the donation and gave an update of the charities work.
President Mandy’s charity for this year is Reuben’s Retreat it was set up on the 23rd of August 2012 in memory of Reuben who died just two days previous in his mummy’s arms on the 21st of August aged 23 months.
At our club meeting on the 20th May we were given a presentation by Reuben’s mother and two fellow workers.
Reuben had been enjoying a family holiday in Devon when a routine trip to A & E resulted in the worst nightmare imaginable.
Nobody could ever have known what was about to unfold for Reuben and his family, and what followed turned out to be the worst 7 days of their lives, Reuben was diagnosed to have a cancerous brain tumour.
The care that the family received, the families they met on the way and support they encountered inspired them to launch a charity in Reuben’s memory.
In April 2014, the charity had raised sufficient funds to purchase the retreat, a Victorian building set in parkland at Glossop, Derbyshire.
The retreat will be a place for children with life-limiting illnesses or disabilities and their families to relax, recharge and create memories.
Although it requires a great deal more money to be raised for the Victorian building to be adapted and completed to enable it to be used to its full potential it already serves as a bereavement counselling and support centre for parents and siblings who have suffered the loss of a child. The retreat welcomes families who live in the UK.
The club was pleased to present a cheque for £350 towards the cost of the building work and on the 6th of September are holding a Charity Golf Event at Alfreton Golf Course in aid of Reuben’s Retreat.