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Each new Rotary Year, the incoming President nominated one main charity for the Club to support. The profits from the Concert held at Pershore Abbey, and from other fundraising events were presented to this charity.

The charity for the year 2016/2017 was Dementia UK.

For the main event, the Club was able to obtain sponsorship from businesses placing adverts in the Concert programme. Sponsorship has played a vital part in the organisation of events, and the Club is very grateful for the support of the local communities in and around Worcester, and in Pershore.

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Charity for 2016/2017

This year's charity will be Dementia UK.

Dementia UK offers specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for people living with dementia through their world-class Admiral Nurses. The charity works hand in hand with families, helping them cope with the fear, uncertainty and difficult everyday reality of dementia.

In providing the compassionate, expert support families need every step of the way, it helps them to live more positively with dementia in the present; and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence, and less fear.

Dementia UK also runs a national helpline and email service, Admiral Nursing Direct. It is staffed by highly experienced Admiral Nurses and is for family and professional carers, people with dementia and those who are concerned about their memory.

Dementia UK website

Presentation of cheque for £2.500 to St. Paul’s Centre

The Club has supported many charities over the years. The previous four are listed here, along with a link to their web Sites.

2015/2016 St Paul’s Centre Worcester.

St Paul's Worcester

2014/2015 New College Worcester

New College Worcester

2013/2014 Midlands Air Ambulance

Midlands Air Ambulance

2012/2013 St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester

St Richard's Hospice

The main charities supported by the Club were usually local, but always domestic. However, the Club has given support to certain International Organisations and Charities.

End Polio Now



The Club, as Rotarians, supported the Rotary International “End Polio Now” campaign. Rotary started the campaign in 1985, and has provided vaccine, on a global scale, since then. By 2008, Rotarians had raised over USD700 million, and immunised over two billion children in 122 countries. The fight still goes on. In the last few years, the fund has been aided by the Bill Gates Foundation.

In 2015, the Club planted crocus bulbs at New College Worcester, in support of the campaign to end polio.

In 2016 the Club bought 5,000 bulbs, 4,000 of which were planted along the River Severn at Worcester. The remaining 1,000 have been sold and many will grace the gardens of Members.

About End Polio Now

Shelter Box

The Club also supported Shelter Box.

In the previous Rotary Year, the Club bought an additional Shelter Box, which has been sent to a remote region in Nepal as part of the relief effort after the devastating floods. The purchase of a second Shelter Box was made after the recent earthquake in Nepal.

The Club purchased a further Shelter Box. This could go to Haiti, Syria or Turkey (for refugees).

Shelter Box was founded in 2000 in the small town of Helston in Cornwall, UK. That same year the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard (part of Rotary Great Britain and Ireland) adopted it as its millennium project. 

Rotary has supported the project since that date, and has increased support over the intervening years.

Each box contains immediate essentials required for survival. There is a tent, cooking items, water purification system and tablets and a solar powered light. Some clothing, suitable for the location, and other items required to provide immediate aid.

Boxes are sent worldwide to disaster areas. The last Shelter Box purchased by the Club was sent to Nepal as part of the relief for severe flooding in the region.

About Shelter Box