Good causes get a grand each from Rotary

The Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers recently presented £2,000 to local good causes.

Half was raised at the Camra beer and cider festival at the Spa.

Members ran a tombola and challenged visitors to find the ‘treasure’ on a board, reaping £1,000 for the Rainbow Centre.

Club spokesman Peter Howgate said: “There is a lot of local goodwill for the Rainbow Centre, which helps, but goodwill does not pay the bills. So it was no surprise that our members said what a pleasure it was to raise money for the lovely volunteers and staff”.

Rainbow Centre Trish Kinsella added: “As a local charity, we are very reliant on the support of individuals, families and organisations to enable us to provide relevant and practical support to those who need our help”.

The club gave another £1,000 to the local Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, from the proceeds of a festive project. Making and selling hand-made Christmas reindeer was the brain-child of club member Tom Potter. Hundreds were sold from 14 locations around town.

The money will be spent on new two-person tents, rucksacks and other equipment for use by Sixth Form College students.

Club president Tony Stevens said: “This is essential for many students to allow them to participate as the cost of completing the award is significant. Employers really rate the gold award, putting it above all other national achievements in its ability to demonstrate the skills they are after. The college has an excellent record of delivering the award continually since its creation in 1973”.

James Drury of the college said students faced “an extremely challenging expedition that enables them to develop a wide range of skills. The kit we have been able to purchase is essential safety gear, without which the adventure of four tough days in often mountainous conditions simply would not happen”.