Generous donors in Stamford, Rutland and Bourne boost Rotary appeal

Rotary club member Stephen Buck sorts out some of the items donated at the arts centre
Rotary club member Stephen Buck sorts out some of the items donated at the arts centre
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BOXES of essential equipment will be shipped to the Horn of Africa thanks to generous donors in Stamford, Rutland and Bourne.

The Rotary Club of Stamford launched an emergency appeal as part of its annual drive to fund shelterboxes and aquaboxes for people affected by the worst drought in the country in 60 years.

The club has been appealing for items to be brought into the Mercury offices to help the appeal and held a collection yesterday at Stamford Arts Centre in St Mary’s Street.

By lunchtime organisers had moved onto the second box-full for some items and had been given £1,635 in donations.

Spokesman George Hetherington said: “We have had lots of plastic plates and cups, towels and blankets and plasters and bandages donated so far.

“The rest of the boxes are also filling up. One lady brought a shopping trolley full of donations.

“We have had people coming in in a steady stream since 9.30am.”

The donation day was open until 8pm.

Mr Hetherington added: “It has been absolutely brilliant.”

A community shelterbox costs £590 while an aquabox is £250.

The club fills them with items which can be used by refugees such as, plates, cups, toys, pots, pans and sanitary wear.

The shelter box also includes a tent and bedding and the aquaboxes include water purification tablets.

The appeal was organised through Rotary International and Mr Hetherington says the donation day is great for raising awareness of the club. He added: “We have already had one person interested in joining.”

Donations will still be accepted at the Stamford Mercury office in Sheep Market.