Rotary Club’s big boost for Hartlepool causes

Almost 40 worthy causes are set to receive a cash boost thanks to a Hartlepool organisation.

 The Rotary Club of Hartlepool has raised £6,200 which will be shared between 38 local charities and groups.

 It all comes thanks to Hartlepool Rotary Club’s Big Draw, which was held earlier this month.

 On top of that, £1,000 of prizes have been distributed to the lucky winners

 The Big Draw was open to local charities and groups which this year sold almost 7,000 £1 tickets. Groups retain 90 per cent of the ticket sales and earned sums ranging from under £100 to £1,000 depending on the number of tickets they sold.

 Club President Carol Menabawey said: “We have been delighted with the response this year to our fifth Big Charity Draw. More groups have taken part and I’m really pleased that we have been able to help so many organisations in Hartlepool.”

 She added: “We hope to run the Draw again next year, with a target of £10,000 ticket sales.”

 The Rotary Club Hartlepool branch has 39 members and the club was founded in 1923.

 A spokesman said: “Our club is open to men and women of all ages who are business, professional or community leaders and who want to use their experience for the benefit of others.

 “​People join Rotary because it gives them a chance to give something back to their community. ​We raise money for community projects and local charities​ and our members also volunteer their time​ supervising and organising community events, and running projects to promote the achievements of young people​.

 “In 2014/15 we raised almost £27,000 for communities.​ Our weekly meetings are held upstairs in the Golden Lion and involve a meal and very often a speaker.

 “In addition to the weekly meetings we have fund raising events, social gatherings and sports competitions. We always welcome new members and anyone who would like to see what we do would be most welcome.”

 To find out more, contact club secretary Roger Simpson on (01642) 551591 or come along at about 5.15pm on Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays).