Donations pour in for famine appeal launched by Stamford Rotarians

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GENEROUS readers have supported a campaign to send aid to the famine victims in Africa.

The Rotary Club of Stamford St Martins launched an appeal last week to support the humanitarian mission in the Horn of Africa.

Readers have rallied behind the appeal by sending in £50 in cash and dropping off bags of donations, which include glasses, combs and toothbrushes.

Club member George Hetherington is delighted with the response to the appeal features in the Mercury.

He said: “It is truly amazing to get someone to react so quickly and generously.

“It was an astonishing response - the paper could have only been out for a few hours.

“The public are backing us.”

Rotarians will be collecting goods and money in Stamford Arts Centre on Thursday, September 22, from 10am to 8pm. The event was due to be held on September 3 but this has been put back in the hopes of getting the schools involved.

Rotarians hope to send out leaflets to homes in Stamford.

Readers are also able to drop in donations of items to the Mercury offices in Sheepmarket Stamford, South Street, Oakham, and at our sister paper The Local, in West Street, Bourne.