Our Rotary club is supporting two organisations whose objectives are at different ends of the spectrum.

Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club is donating £400 to the 60th annual Minsterley & District Eisteddfod which is being held next March.

The club is also donating a further £500 to the local branch of Parkinson’s which also supports local people, but in a contrasting way.

Shrewsbury Severn Rotary has supported both the Minsterley Eisteddfod and Parkinson’s from fundraising events in the past. The club heard that its support for the Eisteddfod will help the organisers to try and encourage more young people to participate in musical activities which requires additional funding. As a result of appearing on stage at the Eisteddfod many of these young people have gone on to study their subject at a higher level. Said Mary Stott, vice chair of Minsterley Eisteddford: “We thank the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury Severn for their continued support for the Minsterley Eisteddfod. As a self-funding organisation, we rely on donations and sponsorship to give us the opportunity of encouraging participation from competitors in all our classes.”

The club has also agreed to support the local branch of Parkinson’s which runs speech and physiotherapy sessions as well as monthly meetings for support and advice. Maria Hankins, treasurer, said: “Please pass on the branch’s thanks to everyone for considering Parkinson’s for a donation – it is truly appreciated. The branch runs speech therapy sessions and physiotherapy sessions – even managing to keep this up over “zoom” during the pandemic – which prove invaluable to many of our members who are living with Parkinson’s. We also hold monthly “get together” meetings for support and advice.”

Julian Wells

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