Rotarians donate to four charities during lockdown

Rotarians donate to four charities during lockdown

by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

ROTARIANS across Maghull and Aughton have sprung into action to help local causes during the coronavirus pandemic.

They donated undisclosed sums to the South Sefton Food Bank, Birchwood Centre in Skelmersdale, Sewing Rooms in Skelmersdale and the Lydiate Learning Trust.

Ian Agnew from Maghull and Aughton Rotary told the Champion: “While the restrictions of lockdown stopped our regular face to face meetings and fund raising activities, we quickly recognised the humanitarian crisis we were facing in our own communities and the need to help the needy and most vulnerable people.

“We therefore adapted by using Zoom to meet online and communicating on WhatsApp. Some members donated the saving of food and drink costs, which would have been incurred at normal meetings, to our Charity Trust Account and so we were able to boost this good causes fund. We stretched our finances to send money to these four vital charities.

“The South Sefton Food Bank provide nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

“The Birchwood Centre provide a range of services for adults and young people to prevent homelessness, reduce self isolation and improve health and wellbeing.

“The Sewing Rooms are a social enterprise which tackles social problems trying to improve the well-being of communities. They have training workshops and a manufacturing department that makes soft furnishings and now PPE.

“The Lydiate Learning Trust are a network of North West schools and acadamies, the Merseyside hub of which has been making PPE, including the visors, for the NHS.

“As far as physical activity is concerned, some of our members and friends with sewing skills have been making Covid-19-proof face masks for local care workers, other than in the NHS, and key workers. Members and friends have also been making scrub bags for staff at Alder Hey, Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals as well as Queenscourt Hospice.

“The threat of sitting back and doing nothing, which would have been Rotary inaction, was quickly rejected in favour of Rotary In Action.”

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