26th November 2018

The Rotary Club of Church Wilne recently held a presentation evening at Trent Lock Golf Club. After dinner, cheques totalling over £10,000 were awarded to representatives from Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), Derby Mountain Rescue and Treetops Hospice Care.

The clubs Annual Charity Horse Ride event raised £9,159.94. This amount was split equally between the 3 nominated charities mentioned above, together with an additional £1,176.25 for the DLRAA taken during a collection at the Derbyshire County Show. A grand total of £10,336.19.

During the evening, Club Presidents, Chris Tew and Andy Cartwright gave special thanks to the Horse Ride sponsors and supporters. Alongside business and individual sponsors, the riders, in addition to their registration fees, raised over £1,000 in sponsorship.

John Astell, Chair of the Horse Ride Committee, will be standing down after 3 years in the role and a new Chair will be taking over for 2019. Chris Tew said, "We want to thank John for making such a success of the event and ensuring that supporting the event was such a pleasure. The attendance of nearly 200 riders is a testimony to the popularity of this annual event and the esteem in which these local charities are held within the community."

One of the main attractions of the event is that the route covers off bridleway rides kindly made available through the goodwill of local farmers and the Locko Park Estate.

To ensure the success of the event over a 100 Church Wilne Rotary Club and Inner Wheel members, family and friends, volunteered 1,388 hours.

During his thank you, John Bown from the DLRAA highlighted that Church Wilne Rotary Club over the years had donated over £35,000 to the charity.

Andy with the Air Ambulance representatives John and Keith.

Laura McWha, a fundraiser at Treetops Hospice Care, said, "Thank you so much for the kind donation of £3,053.32. The support you have given us, has been incredible, raising, to date, £21,648.51. With local support, we have been able to grow our services year on year and last year we delivered: 41,898 hours of hospice care in people's home, 3,466 visits to our Day Care Unit, 5,737 Counselling and Emotional Support sessions for people dealing with life-limiting illness, and 339 Support and Information sessions. We simply could not do this without your support."

Treetops representative Laura receives the cheque from Andy.

Paul of Derby Mountain Rescue with Andy.

President Andy Cartwright said, "Thank you to everyone involved and we look forward to organising the Horse Ride next year."

Front row l to r: President Chris Tew, John Bown (DLRAA), Laura McWha (Treetops), President Andy Cartwright
Back row: Paul Barlow (Derby Mountain Rescue) and Keith Murfin (DLRAA)

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