Rotary Club goes the extra mile

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BRIGHOUSE Rotary Club is supporting Calderdale charities by making thousands of pounds in donations.

Students at the William Henry Smith, Rastrick, will be able to enjoy life in the fast lane thanks to a donation from the club.

A cheque for £560 was handed over which will go towards the development of go-kart racing at the school.

The go-karts are extremely popular with the pupils and provide hand on experience of the exciting sport.

Director of student achievement, Sue Ackroyd, said: “The go-karts are not all about racing for the students but fixing them as well.

“I know they are extremely successful. Because of the kind donation from Brighouse Rotary School, the pupils can do even more work and achieve more.”

President Jenny Redfearn who presented the cheque said: “We have given a lot of schools some money. In the past the school has not been supported by us and we are trying to improve that.

“We are keen to support local charities and we are trying to do that more and more.”

A group of the boys also enjoyed a trip to Buxton Drift with teacher A. J. Hemingway who takes part in stock racing himself.

A cheque for £3,000 was presented to Gina Fielding from Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. The money was raised from the Rotary Navigation Walk which went through Brighouse for the first time this year.

President Jenny Redfearn, who presented the cheque at Brighouse Charity Gala , said the Navigation Walk had been a wonderful occasion that had raised money for four hospices in total.

Gina thanked the Rotary Club for the donation and members of the community for their support.

“We hope will be welcoming our families by the end of this year.”

Brighouse Rotary Club also presented a cheque for £500 to Mair Davies of Calderdale Young Carers Project. The money will be used to give a respite break to young carers.

At their last meeting, members were given an illustrated talk by Ian Carling from Skipton Rotary Club about the creation of ‘sand dams’ in Africa. Villagers are involved in the building of dams across rivers to provide cleaner, plentiful supplies of water.

The vote of thanks was gicen by Tony Herbert and the steward was Russell Bancroft.