Uckfield Rotarians pledge help

Jeff Holman and Geoff Davies pictured with Gavin Fisher. By Ron Hill
Jeff Holman and Geoff Davies pictured with Gavin Fisher. By Ron Hill

Support for people and projects in the community is at the heart of the Rotary Club movement, and Uckfield Rotarians have generously demonstrated their admiration for this principle.

During July, two cheques were presented marking both the achievement of an individual and the excellent work done by a charity.

On July 22, Jeff Holman, Uckfield Rotary President, presented a cheque to Owen Mudford, a student at Uckfield Community Technology College, in recognition of his contributions to the community, both inside and outside the college.

Owen’s activities include leadership, both at a local Cub Scout group and within the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme; volunteering in local charity shops; youth leadership in his church and directing a Youth Theatre project. Within the college he has directed and appeared in the sixth form panto and taken part in carol services and concerts. He has plans for further voluntary work in a scheme planned for the summer. The annual bursary is funded by the Rotary Club, but the recipient is chosen by staff within the college.

On July 28, two presidents were involved in presenting a cheque for £1273.73. Current President Jeff Holman invited past President Geoff Davies to make the presentation to Gavin Fisher, Chief Executive of the Children’s Respite Trust.

The Trust was Geoff’s charity during his presidential year which ended on June 30. The money was raised from events including an antiques afternoon, cookery demonstrations, a flower arranging afternoon and a party at sunset in June.

Gavin said: “We’re so pleased to receive the support of our local Rotary Club. Since the Club’s year of support began, the Trust, still in its early days, has grown significantly, and we have helped some 65 children. Key to this is getting people involved, both caseworkers and supporters, so we’re enormously grateful for the club’s help in raising our profile, as well as fundraising.” For more information about the Trust, visit www.childrensrespitetrust.org.uk