Meeting 20th November 2017

Horse Ride Presentation Evening

Church Wilne Rotary Club held a presentation evening at Trent Lock Golf Club on Monday 20th November when they donated over £7,000 split equally to its two designated charities following the annual charity horse ride event in September. This brought the total donated since the club's first charity horse ride to over £66,000.

Present on the occasion were 21 guests joining 40 club members. The guests included business sponsors, land owners, farmers and guests who all played a vital role in making the horse ride a success.

The guests from the 2 charities chosen to be beneficiaries this year were introduced by President Adrian Perkins and they were Mary Rose from Treetops Hospice Care and John Bown representing the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and the Children's Air Ambulance.

Mary Rose and John Bown were each presented with cheques for £3,517.31 and in addition John was presented with a cheque for £1,139.28 raised by club members on the exit collection at this year's Derbyshire County Show.

John and Adrian with the ceremonial cheque.

Adrian with Mary and the presentation cheque.

Mary Rose thanked all the sponsors including President Adrian and spoke about how they have developed over the last 30 years their nursing care and emotional support for anyone affected by a life limited illness in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. They support people with illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and multiple scleroses. They also support their carers and families. Their day care unit is open Monday to Friday and they also provide transport and overnight cover which are all free of charge.

John Bown, for the Air Ambulance, spoke about their service which goes from strength to strength and they, along with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, have just completed their 28,000th mission and they operate 20 hours a day and 7 days a week. They have a crew of 3 which are the pilot, a consultant or a senior doctor who is training to be a consultant and a paramedic which enables them to give more care on site with pain relieving drugs.

The Children's Air Ambulance which is for hospital transfer for critically ill children currently has just the one helicopter based in Coventry and serves the entire country as much as possible. It is to be replaced with two state of the art helicopters next April when the south will be covered from Thames Valley and the north from Doncaster.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at:

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne

13th November 2017


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