DURING the present Covid 19 pandemic, Wortley Rotary Club are doing whatever they can to help people and organisations who need assistance. They have joined forces with Seth Lilleker, who contacted the club saying he was currently furloughed and making face shields using 3D printers in his front room to be provided free of charge to NHS personnel, emergency services and care home staff.
The club made donations to Seth through his GoFundMe page and some members made personal donations. The club saw local care homes as the priority and club member, Rev Canon Lewis Atkinson, volunteered to be the liaison officer.
Lewis was also made aware that a ladies sewing group in Dronfield were making cloth face shields for distribution free of charge to care homes so he also took this on board and as of today he has arranged for the delivery of 5205 masks to the same care homes.
The staff at the homes are most grateful. Rotary club member John Evans told Look Local: “Our most senior Rotarian, namely the Rev Canon Lewis Atkinson, at 86 years young has since the start of Covid 19 co-ordinated delivery, all free of charge, of over 2935 face shields and 5205 cloth face masks all made by local volunteers to over 200 outlets, including care homes, doctor’s surgeries, chemists and other establishments in our local area, reaching out as far as Huddersfield, Wakefield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster. This number is rising daily.
Lewis is a lovely man who lives in Chapeltown and is working tirelessly to make sure care homes have the PPE which we are able to help source..
A NEW initiative by Rotary is helping to support Sheffield foodbanks as they face unprecedented demand for their services.
Sheffield foodbanks, in common with those accross the country, are facing a massive increase in demand as a result of the Covid19 crisis. More and mode families are facing increasing hardship and are turning to foodbanks as a vital means of support.
But a new initiative by Rotary is helping to ensure that the limited funds of many of the region’s foodbanks go further still.
Local club Wortley Rotary is part of the region-wide project, Rotary4foodbanks, launched last month across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.
President of the Wortley Rotary Club, Philip Sherriff, told Look Local: “Its a real team effort.”
“Foodbanks can be nominated by Rotary clubs for direct support and other foodbanks can order supplies through Rotary4foodbanks and see their limited funds work harder. Wortley club has donated funds and nominated the foodbank at St Saviours, High Green and last week they received their first bulk delivery from the project.”
While the Rotary4foodbanks scheme is currently operating only in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire the plan is to roll it out more broadly.
“Our members tell us there is a crying need for a similar service to support food banks elsewhere in the country” says the scheme’s coordinator John Cavey.
During the Christmas Period 2018, the Rotary Club of Wortley carried out the following:-
provided Santa at Fox Valley.
covered some Santa duties at Wentworth Garden Centre.
visited a number of Care Home in the area to sing carols to the residents, including Denby Dale (where one of our Honorary members resides).
visited Woolley Wood School (small primary special school for children with severe and complex learning difficulties and disabilities) to hand out goodies.
carried out Santa Sleigh Runs in the Don Valley (Stocksbridge -> Wharncliffe Side -> Worrall -> Wisewood -> Oughtibridge -> Stocksbridge) -December 20th
and: Wortley -> High Green -> Chapeltown -> Grenoside -> Ecclesfield -> Chapeltown -> Thorpe Hesley on Christmas Eve.
All the events combined raised just over £3,000 – some has already benefitted Stocksbridge Park Steels Defibrillator fund as already reported in Look Local.:-
Thanks to all who volunteered to man the events, and to all who turned out to support them and visit Santa or contribute to the bucket collections.
We welcomed DG Cheryle Berry to our club meeting on February 25th this year to talk to to us about Kerala and “Prepare to save a Life”, before helping our President Steve Knight to present a cheque for £2,500 to Abbie Pervin from The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity – This was the biggest beneficiary from last year’s Vintage and Classic Car Rally.
Left to right: DG Cheryle Berry, Abbey Pervin from The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, and Wortley President Steve Knight
Wortley Rotary have teamed up with Ecclesfield Parish Council in committing £5,000 to install at least 6 defibrillators in the Parish Council area. The first 2 have been installed and are up and running (at the Council Offices and Grenoside Community Centre) with others to follow. President Trevor said “The Rotary Club of Wortley is delighted to join with the Parish Council to support this very worthwhile scheme. All our money is raised locally, and it is fitting that we support local initiatives such as this”.
As part of this fundraising project, the majority of the funds raised at the club’s recent Millionaires Night on January 20th at Grenoside Community Centre, were committed to the defibrilator cause. 200 people attended this event, and a total of just over £2,300 was raised.
The Rotary Club of Wortley will be holding it’s 20th anniversary Classic and Vintage Car Show on Sunday 2nd July at the Wortley Hall Hotel, Sheffield.
Over 100 vehicles will be on show in the beautiful grounds of the estate together with craft and charity stalls and lots for the children to do. A strollling jazz band will entertain and, subject to weather there will be a fly past of a 1940’s Tiger Moth.
The event opens to the public at 12 noon with admission charged at £4 per adult and £1 for children. Late entries to the show will be accepted up to 11.30 on the day.
Proceeds from the event will go to Sheffield Children’s Hospital and other local charities.
The Rotary Club of Wortley held their 19th Vintage Vehicle Rally at Wortley Hall on Sunday 3rd, July. There were Vintage Cars, Motorbikes, Lorries on display as well as entertainment for all the family. The Event raised £4,000 for local charities.