With over £10,000 being raised at the Rotary Club of Verwood’s August Bank Holiday Rustic Fayre, sponsored by local businesses, it was cheque presentation time on 26 November.
Hosted at the Hideaway, Rotary’s ‘Rusty’ Vern Harris announced the many beneficiaries who attended to receive their much appreciated cheques from Rotary President Anthony Inman. Recipients included Saturn Cubs, Verwood Scouts, Riding for the Disabled (Green Cottage), Sturts Farm, Dog Agility, Forest FM, Verwood Stroke Club and Stephen Lamberth’s School of Tae Kwon Do.
In an unusual twist, the Rotary Club was presented with a cheque for over £500 from Connells Estate Agents in Verwood.
It arose when £250 was offered by the company in the summer, but branch manager Clive Oldridge decided he could double the donation.
He invested in £250 worth of Pimms and with donations of lemonade, ice and fruit from Morrissons, Monmouth Ash and Waitrose respectively, Clive and his friends opened a Pimms stall at the Rustic Fayre. It was so successful, Clive confirmed it will definitely be there next year.