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Charities benefit from extra support from The Rotary Club

A rotary club has helped to provide social distancing equipment to charities.

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President Elect Chris Young, Chief Executive of the league of Friends Martin Thornley withstaff from the Friends Cafe

The Rotary Club of Cannock is part of a district wide project which is providing social distancing packs to charity outlets.

In April this year when the country started to feel the affects of Covid-19, Rotary District 1210 applied to their own charity Rotary Foundation for a disaster response grant in order to provide support to the NHS, healthcare workers, refuges and food banks across the district.

With the aid of the disaster response grant Rotary clubs are supplying social distancing equipment, made up of sneeze screens, hand sanitising stations floor graphics and information posters to more than 60 local outlets.

Rotary has also made donations to woman’s refuges and food banks across the district.

Also at the start of the pandemic in April Rotary clubs from across Staffordshire, Shropshire and West Midlands plus individual Rotarians, friends and local companies raised over £15,000 which has enabled some 12,000 full face visors to be manufactured and donated to care hospitals, care homes, medical centres and schools across the local area.

The Rotary Club of Cannock has played a key part in coordinating these projects has recently donated a social distancing pack the Stafford and Cannock League of Hospital Friends, who operate the friend’s cafe at Cannock Chase Hospital.

The clubs President Elect Chris Young helped the staff set up the equipment and the cafe is now providing a take-out service for staff and visitors at the hospital.

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