Shoppers show their caring side

Barry, resident of Orchard House, receives the cheque from Matlock Rotary Club president Eric McCarrison, watched by Philip Pegg, the club's community service chairman. Submitted photo.
Barry, resident of Orchard House, receives the cheque from Matlock Rotary Club president Eric McCarrison, watched by Philip Pegg, the club's community service chairman. Submitted photo.

Generous shoppers dug deep into their pockets to raise over £1,000 for a home which offers a caring environment for people in need.

A collection, organised by Matlock Rotarians, at the town’s Sainsbury’s store amassed £1,164 for the benefit of Orchard Cottage in Darley Dale.

Originally intended as a facility for adults with learning difficulties, the home now provides support for those needing respite care, a period of transition from hospital to a home environment, those needing help with changes in drug regimes and in certain cases, palliative care.

Presenting a cheque at the home, Eric McCarrison, president of the Rotary Club, said: “I am amazed that a facility with only five bedrooms does such wonderful work for the community in the Dales.

“I am delighted that the money that the people of Matlock so generously entrusted to Matlock Rotary will be spent on televisions.

“Although Orchard Cottage is largely funded by the health service, charitable donations are vital to provide those little extras that give residents a home away from home which is so important to them.”