CHESTERFIELD: Rotary club’s donations to good causes

The Rotary Club of Chesterfield met at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday, September 27, with president Mike Cudzich-Madry in the chair.

Welcomed to the meeting were Frank Clifford, past president of the Bolsover Rotary Club, Eddie Dawson, guest of past president Stuart Bradley, and representatives of local charities who were to benefit from funds raised by the club at two Classic Car & Bikes Show held during the year at Renishaw Hall in June 2013 and Ashover in July 2013. Also welcomed were two main sponsors of the events, Tony Cordin of Autoworld and Rob Woodhead of BRM Solicitors. Another main sponsor PCS Motor Factors had sent apologies.

Record receipts from the 2013 Classic Car & Bike Show held at Renishaw Hall enabled the club to reward three local charities. Cheques for £2,000 each were presented by the president to Emily Evans of Ashgate Hospice, Emma Vizor of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and Cat Rhone from Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. They thanked the club and gave a short update of progress by the charities, which all face challenges in raising much-needed funds. A thank you card made by children from Bluebell Wood was presented to the club.

The club’s share of funds raised at the Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show enabled the club to reward two further local charities. The president presented a cheque for £875 to Claire Blakeley who represented Macmillan Nurses, based at Ashgate Hospice. He also reported that prior to the meeting he had been present at the official opening of Hope Springs Recovery Centre to present a cheque for £875 to the charity founder Father Terry Doherty. This charity based on Newbold Road helps local people recovering from drugs and alcohol addiction.

Information boards circulated included: the club’s calendar of events; visit to the new community hub facility at the Proact Stadium on Thursday, October 10; theatre trip for Chesterfield Operatics production of The Sound of Music and volunteer sellers required in November at Tesco Extra for the 2013 Poppy Appeal.

Past president David Windle thanked members for supporting his swimathon in aid of Kids ‘N’ Cancer which had so far raised nearly £500. As training had gone so well the sponsored marathon length swim had been brought forward and would now take place during the week of October 7-11. For more details, and to make a donation, go to

President-elect Rob Wadd reported on how much everyone at Barrow Hill Primary School had enjoyed the day out organised by the club to White Post Farm, near Mansfield, on Tuesday, September 24. He had been accompanied by past president Mike Horton and prospective member Trevor Sharpe.

Past president Stuart Bradley proposed the closing toast. Due to the large delegation attending the District Conference at Scarborough the next meeting tomorrow (Friday) is a social meeting when duty Rotarian is Jim Savage.

If you are interested in joining the Chesterfield Rotary Club please contact Alan Clarke on 01246 811616.