Community Service Award given by Hailsham Rotary to Starfish Project

A COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD has been given to the founders of the Starfish Project by Hailsham Rotary Club.

Founders Anne and David Blight set up the project to help people who suffer stammer or stuttering both control and gain confidence over the condition. No cure is offered but methods to control and communicate are taught during the Starfish Project courses which are held at the Boship Hotel in Hellingly which is also the meeting place of Hailsham Rotary Club.

The rotaty community service award is given to people considered to have made an exceptional service in the community.

In 2005 the Rotary movement celebrated its 100th year and The Starfish Project was chosen as the charity that would be honoured to mark that milestone with a five year bursary of £1,000 per year.

In presenting the Community Service Award on behalf of the Hailsham Rotary Club, Bob Macey, said: “The whole club continues to be delighted at the success of the Starfish Project and they have fully justified our support for them over the years. It is with great pleasure that I present Anne and David with this award to mark their commitment to the cause that they so passionately believe in ”

The club also decided to present Anne and David with a cheque for £1,000 to towards the costs incurred in arranging the courses of the Starfish Project.

Hailsham Rotary Club meets regularly at the Boship Farm Hotel, Hellingly and has 38 members who take part in many fund raising activities throughout the year. In addition to local community projects that address many of today’s issues, Rotarians also react to international problems as they arise.