A new year began for the Inner Wheel Club of Retford in July. The president, Natalie, agreed to run for a second year and all the roles were duly filled by willing members. At the meeting, a talk was given by Michael White, from the Leonard Cheshire Charity. He explained about the origins of the charity, how it has developed and the kind of support which is given to disabled people through its services and how it enables those concerned, to be given advice and help which allows them to live as they choose and to enter the workplace, resulting in an element of independence.
The lively Frog Race evening supported and attended by our Mayor, Gary Clarkson, was a most enjoyable evening of huge fun and competitiveness and successfully raised £750 for the charity. Grateful thanks go to all sponsors.
During the summer, the president organised an evening at Aurora in Worksop. This was well attended by members and was a very enlightening and pleasant evening. Members were shown around the centre which comprises of a charity shop, cafe and library, open also to the public. Aurora is a unique charity wellbeing centre which supports people and their families, living with the diagnosis of cancer or recovering from the illness. It offers a care package, both physical and emotional, which includes different therapies like holistic treatments and massage, hair and beauty, exercise and counselling. Advice given guides people to where care and support can be found regarding finance and work. A lovely meal was followed by a talk and a raffle provided a donation for the charity.
The group recently put together a mixture of over eighty baby bundles, joy bags, toy bags and extra clothing bags, followed by a pleasant picnic lunch. These will be taken to Zanzibar in Tanzania. Please visit the website to find out more about what they do at Inner Wheel. They happily welcome new members and new ideas.