A SOUTH Derbyshire school and a Burton care home have received a welcome boost as part of 90th birthday celebrations for an organisation that supports volunteering and friendship.
Members of Swadlincote Inner Wheel handed over four new bikes to youngsters at Violet Way Academy, in Stapenhill, and four wheelchairs to Jason Hylton Court Nursing Home, in Wilmot Road, Swadlincote, as part of a nationwide effort to donate ‘wheels’ to organisations across the community as part of celebrations for reaching the landmark milestone.
President Diane Hylton spoke to the Mail about why the group had chosen the two different causes to donate to.
She said: “This is the 90th Anniversary of Inner Wheel and the Association President asked all clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland to donate ‘wheels’ to the local communities.
“I chose the school because my grand-daughter has begun her school life there and they have made it a happy and educating environment for her, no fear of going to school and she settled in from her first day in the nursery.
“I donated prams and pushchairs at Christmas and when I asked the school if they would like anymore they suggested some bikes for the older children.
“The nursing home is because our oldest club member now lives there, Edna Freeman, who turned 98 on April 26, has lived there for the last three years. She has been a member of Inner Wheel since 1974 and until she went into the home was a very active member.”
More information about the group is available online at www.innerwheel.co.uk/
Mrs Hylton added: “We are always looking for members to join and the rules are now that any like minded woman is entitled to become a member of the largest women’s organisation in the world.”