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Rotary looks back on December and ahead to busy 2016

As 2016 approaches, members of the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus have been reflecting on a busy December.

On December 12 – a rainy and windy day – they collected in Queens Road, Leicester.

Despite the appalling weather, generous shoppers donated a total of £376.36, enabling the club to send £100 to children’s charity Menphys www.menphys.org.uk, £100 to Rotary District 1190 for distribution to victims of the floods in Cumbria, and £100 to be set aside to provide a Narrowboat trip on the Grand Union Canal from Loughborough for elderly, disabled or homeless people.

Bert and Diana Thurston brave the elements with Carolyn Robson during the Christmas collection in Queens Road

Bert and Diana Thurston brave the elements with Carolyn Robson during the Christmas collection in Queens Road

The remaining £76 will be retained for the club’s ongoing environmental projects.

The following Thursday, 16 members and guests enjoyed a super Christmas meal at the Blue Bell, Hoby.

On Saturday, December 19, members took part in a bag-packing exercise at the M&S food store in The Parade, Oadby, to raise money for Age UK Leicestershire.

At its first meeting in 2016, club members will be discussing plans for 2016, including its support for three young people being offered apprenticeships, its support for other youngsters in secondary education in several Rotary-sponsored competitions and the creation of its own charity to enable it to respond better to requests for help and to disasters like the Cumbria floods.

If you want to know more about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus, please explore our website at www.rotary-leicesternovus.org or call 0116 292 8267.