Speaker Meeting 15th October 2018

Lynda Raven

The Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed Lynda Raven, Fundraising Manager, of Sight Support Derbyshire,to its recent speaker evening. This local charity is dedicated to improving the lives of people with sight loss in Derbyshire.

Checking some of the equipment at the Resource Centre.

There are more than 2 million people in the UK living with sight loss which is severe enough to have a significant impact on their lives. 250 people start to lose their eyesight every day. Over half of these cases are preventable. Lynda emphasised the importance of having an eye test at the Opticians every 2 years.

Sight Support Derbyshire run a number of community-based services for blind and visually impaired adults and children throughout the County. One of which is providing Eye Clinic Liaison Officers in the eye clinics at Royal Derby Hospital and Chesterfield Royal Hospital. This service supports over 140 people per month.

Lynda stated that as a charity they have to raise two thirds of their running costs themselves. She highlighted their Annual Duck Race. Every year in June around a 100 giant plastic ducks, sponsored by local companies, individuals and organisations, are entered into the Best Dressed Duck Competition before joining 3,500 little plastic ducks to race down the River Derwent. The Watersafe team ensure that at the end of the race the ducks are retrieved and returned to their sponsors.

Rammie helps to load the ducks for the race.

An upcoming fundraiser features Derbyshire firefighter Andy Quinn. Andy shot to fame as a singer on Michael McIntyre's Big Show and will be performing on 24th November at the Broadway Baptist Church in Derby, raising money for the charity. Tickets are £8.

For information on Sight Support Derbyshire's services or fundraising events please contact them through their website https://sightsupportderbyshire.org.uk/ or by calling them on 01332 2925262.

A vote of thanks was given by Rtn Susie Collins.

Church Wilne Rotary Club is attracting new members through various initiatives, associate membership, satellite clubs and Friends of Rotary, where people can assist with running some of our events. Volunteering helps to get a taste of what it would be like to join the club

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Rtn Dr John A Cook
For Church Wilne Rotary


1st October 2018

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