Rotarians curry favour with Samaritans

Words and photo by Dave Barry 

Everyone was a winner at a big fundraising event in Pickering.

About 160 people enjoyed a delicious curry at Spice 4U Indian restaurant in the town.

As a direct result, Scarborough Samaritans scooped £2,000.

As an indirect result, the donation will help deliver emotional support to countless people in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide.

With three sittings on one day, the fundraiser was organised by Pickering Rotary Club in conjunction with Spice 4U.

Numerous individuals and organisations donated prizes for three raffles. The top prize was a ride in a car like the one driven in The Dukes of Hazzard on TV from 1979-85.

Hugh Morgan of the club, who organised the event with his wife Sue, said he nominated the Samaritans as this year’s recipient after a round of golf.

On 3 February, Hugh played in the annual Samaritans am-am golf match at North Cliff Golf Club in Scarborough. He met former branch director Karen Edmond, who told him about the Samaritans’ work. “I thought, what a super charity”, he said. The branch covers Scarborough, Ryedale (including Pickering), Whitby and the surrounding areas.

The club has been running similar fundraisers for eight years, raising over £20,000, Hugh said.

Hugh and club president Sue Harris travelled to Scarborough to present a cheque at the Samaritans shop in Hanover Road.