Etwall Rotary have donated £2,000 to eight different charities and causes from the area at its yearly Community Awards night.
From churches and nursery groups to life-saving heart screening, a whole range of causes received backing from the club.
Colin Clark, president of Etwall Rotary said that the clubs main ethos is “service about self” and have reinforced this by backing the causes in the area that need the financial aid.
The club have sold Christmas trees every year for the last 25 years to raise funds, which then get pumped straight back into the pockets of those in need.
Of the eight charities to be supported, Headway, in Derby received the largest portion of the money, £500, after being recommended by Rotary’s offshoot organisation called Roteract who helped the club sell Christmas trees to raise the funds. Headway is a charity who support people and families who have had a loved one suffer from a brain injury.
The rest of the money, £1,500, was split between seven other organisations and the lump sums ranged from £150 to £250.
Good News Crew who run a Sunday school at St Mary's Church, in Marston-on-Dove. They needed the funding to replace the tables and chairs they use during service.
Charity, Mums and Tots is a volunteer playgroup in Hilton who provide support for 20 pre-school children. The donated money will go towards buying more craft supplies and toys that help in teaching numeracy and literacy.
The Parent, Teachers and Friends Assocation (PTFA) from Hilton Primary School have been given the money to supplement funding after the school lost a number of teaching assistants. The donation will pay for three gazebos that the school will use to shade children during sports day events in the summer and can also lend them out to other organisations in the village.
The Methodist church, in Etwall, have received funding to go towards the £24,000 needed to raise to refurbish the kitchen area. Food storage areas need to be altered, along with the cooking facilities. The donation will specifically pay for a freezer.
Hilton Primary School received money for ‘The Diggers’ programme, an after school gardening club which is turning a small plot of lands in front of the school into a quiet area. Money was needed for a path, seating and a storage box for gardening tools.
Hilton Scout and Guide group have been given permission to extend the scout hut, to have a stage and an extra meeting room to allow for more room to accommodate more children
National heart screening charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young are holding a heart screening event at Hilton Harriers so that they can screen 100 people between the ages of 14 and 35 to try and detect any heart issues. The event will cost roughly £3,500 to bring ECG machines and qualified personnel to the village, so this money will go towards raising this.
Mr Clark said: “Sometimes we do physical things to help people such as decorating, marshalling events, manning barbecues or providing personnel to assist other organisations such as the British Legion for Poppy Collections at Aldi.
“But mostly what we do is raise money and the best way we know how so that we can help others achieve their goals by funding equipment so that they can deliver their assistance to the community.”
Charities were required to nominate themselves when the Rotary club opened their application process in March this year. The group advertised the chance through social media and other avenues, and then a panel of six people decided which causes best warranted a donation.
The club offer funding to charities all year round and applications to apply for next year's Community Awards night will open in March, 2018.