Turton Rotary Club hands over £10,000 to good causes at presentation ceremony

This Is Lancashire: New president Jim Turner, left, is congratulated by retiring president Dave Biggar New president Jim Turner, left, is congratulated by retiring president Dave Biggar

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.”

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