TURTON Rotary Club celebrated another year of successful fundraising when they handed out cheques of more than £10,000 to local charities at their annual presentation ceremony at the Last Drop Village Hotel.
The largest amount, for £4,500, was presented by retiring president David Biggar, to Jacqueline Mason from Bolton Kids2Gether, a Bolton charity involved with supporting children with autism.
The money was raised earlier in the year at a charity evening at Dunscar Conservative Club.
Rotarian Peter Gaskell organised the event.
The main beneficiaries at the presentation evening were:
- £600 Royal Bolton Coronary Care Unit
- £600 Medcare
- £500 Christie Hospital Mobile Chemo Unit
- £500 Egerton Park Improvement Committee (EPIC)
- £500 Cancer Services at the Churchill Ward
- £500 Neil Cliffe Care Centre in Wythenshawe
- £250 to Smithills School Band
- £250 Jigsaw-a Bolton Stroke Group
- £250 Muscular Dystrophy Charity
- £250 North West Air Ambulance
- £250 Bolton Mountain Rescue
- £250 RNLI
- £250 Duke of Lancasters Regimental Charities
- £250 Dementia Support
- £250 to Urban Outreach
- £150 Astley Bridge Roadside Flower Boxes
The club has installed a new president, Jim Turner, who took over from Mr Biggar. The club’s new vice president is Mike McNicholas.
Mr Turner is a graphic designer, who runs his own company, JKT Graphic Design.
He has been a member for 20 years and in that period has served on all the committees and twice been chairman of the community services committee.
The 55-year-old, who lives in Chapeltown with his wife and three children, is hoping his term of office will provide another bumper year of fundraising.
He said: “We have been very successful raising thousands of pounds for local charities and I hope that continues.
"We will be holding our popular Christmas sleigh and duck race and several other events including a fund raising evening for Alzheimers and dementia.
"Also I hope to steer through various initiatives and to encourage new membership.”