The Rotary Club of Beckenham has once again raised an impressive amount of money for local charities. By the end of 2015 they were set to break through their £10,000 target, which will make a real difference to many local community groups.
The Rotary Club finished 2015 with their traditional festive fundraising programme, which gives something back to the residents who have supported them throughout the year. This included pulling an illuminated sleigh with Father Christmas through the streets of Beckenham. The festive music and the chance to meet Santa himself are big draws, and Rotarians collected money whilst Father Christmas gave sweets to children.
Members also took part in bag-packing days at local supermarkets and were present during commuting hours at key railway stations to help boost their total.
The club has been raising money for 65 years, with their first collection in 1950 bringing in £181. In 2015 the direct donations raised totalled £9,300. However, this amount will be topped up by the Gift Aid system and a donation from Waitrose through their token collection programme. This should see the club at least match the £11,000 record they raised in 2014.
A number of local children’s charities are supported by the group. These include Demelza Hospice; Caspa, for autistic children; Phoenix Pre-School Centre, Petts Wood; Young Carers Bromley; and Burgess Autistic Trust.
Did you support any of the Rotary Club’s fundraising activities in 2015? How do you feel the group benefits the local community?
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