Banbury Cherwell Rotary has used lockdown to raise cash for local causes

Tony Carney, left, and Chris May - joint presidents of the Rotary Club Banbury CherwellTony Carney, left, and Chris May - joint presidents of the Rotary Club Banbury Cherwell
Tony Carney, left, and Chris May - joint presidents of the Rotary Club Banbury Cherwell
Online meetings and events during the lockdown have boosted funds for the Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell which has delivered £4,000 in donations to good causes.

Members have responded to a need to help organisations that have lost the opportunity to raise funds themselves because of the restrictions on socialising.

Joint president Tony Carney said: "During the past few weeks we have continued our regular Tuesday evening meetings thanks to Zoom which has been used to link members for a virtual meeting and enable important funding decisions to be made.

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"The needs of local charity groups are greater than ever with an increased demand for support but reduced opportunities for fund raising because of the restrictions that have been imposed because of COVID-19 epidemic.

"A fund-raising initiative recently launched by the Rotary Club has been a “Beat the Virus Quiz” which has already raised several hundred pounds for Rotary charities. The winner was Nick Fennell from Adderbury.

"There have also been many other successful fund-raising activities during the past year and during the past two weeks a total of £4,000 has been donated to Banbury Food Bank, Katharine House, Kids Out and Grimsbury Scouts."

Mr Carney and his fellow joint-president Chris May say they are proud of the club's achievements over the past year and they look forward to supporting the community further in the coming months.


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