Axminster Rotarians raise over �27,000

Residents thanked for supporting vital charity work

SOME 90 Axminster Rotarians and their guests attended the annual Christmas lunch in the Guildhall.

Welcoming them, Vice President Bernie Styles thanked the people of the town and surrounding district for their continued support during the last year.

During this time he said approximately �27,000 has been raised for various charities both local and international. The main beneficiary was Shelterbox.

The guest speakers were Andrew Pocock and Tony Short of The Atlantic Challenge Rowing Team from Lyme Regis. Tony, along with three fellow rowers is aiming to cross the Atlantic this time next year. Their ambition is to successfully raise funds for the British Heart Foundation and Shelterbox.

Mr Short presented an interim cheque for �1,180 to Tim Bunting, General Manger of Shelterbox, from funds already raised towards this ambition.

The Rotary Club also presented a cheque for �1,200 to Shelterbox representing funds raised during their recent town collections outside Tesco and the on the Minster green during Market day.