Cash given to small charities

PUBLISHED: 12:36 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:46 15 June 2010

More than £3,000 has been raised by small charities working with the Rotary Club of Honiton.

More than £3,000 has been raised by small charities working with the Rotary Club of Honiton.The money, benefiting 16 charities including those providing community transport, help for the blind and a campaign to keep a post office open, was the proceeds of a raffle that altogether raised more than £30,000 for 115 charities.The South East Devon Community Raffle was organised by six Rotary clubs. They paid the printing costs of the tickets which they distributed to community organisations to sell for their own funds.The winning tickets were drawn by the presidents of the six clubs at an event in Ottery St Mary, attended by representatives of some of the beneficiaries.Cathy Maunder, of Devon Mencap working in Honiton, said: 'It's brilliant. Not only has Rotary enabled us to raise money but what they have done has helped give a sense of achievement to people who have fewer opportunities than others.'Jan Portlock, of East Devon Riding for the Disabled, said: 'This is our lifeline. We have raised nearly enough to fund a horse for a whole year. We have to say a huge thank-you to Rotary.'Mervyn Hayes, of the cancer charity Force, said: 'We have to raise £650,000 a year. It would be impossible to fund our work in this area without the sort of contribution made on this occasion by Rotary.'Proceeds from the raffle almost matched last year's total of £33,000. So, over two years, organisations, some with limited scope to raise money, have pocketed well over £60,000 between them.

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