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Sadly, because of Covid-19, Santa and his Sleigh are unable to carry out the usual Christmas programme. Instead children can talk to Santa online and tell him what they are hoping he will bring them this Christmas.

Two articles in the recent edition of the Rotherham Advertiser report on our support for the supply of face masks for Rotherham Hospital and for the memory of Liam Allen.

The attached photo shows some of the masks provided to the Rotherham Hospital Paediatric Department by a sewing group co-ordinated by Sally Atkinson, Patient Access Service Manager at the Trust. The masks are child friendly,
with superhero or even a Hallowe’en theme. The club has given funds to support the purchase of materials to keep the supply flowing.

The meeting yesterday evening 5th November was a Fellowship meeting in the form of musical memories. Members were asked to select music that had significant memories for them. They then had to explain the background to their choice and this was then followed by the music being played. Not surprisingly some of the memories were poignant and some were funny.

Our thanks to the Rotherham Advertiser for publishing the attached article showing the Town Hall illuminated in purple to commemorate World Polio Day on 24 October 2020.

Apples donated by Mike Sumption of Rotherham Rotary Club and delivered to Rotherham Foodbank by Roger Green. Many thanks Mike.

23rd October and our work supporting local foodbanks continues. This latest photo shows President Trish with Roger and Steve together with their banners on another collection run to Morrisons at Parkgate.

President Trish has written a summary of the Club's activities July to October this year and is attached. It makes very interesting reading and demonstrates that the Club has risen to the challenge of the Covid 19 crisis in a very positive way.

Last Thursday 1st October was a Fellowship Meeting and we played Pointless (on Zoom of course). The teams were represented by two members from each Club Committee and yours truly was fortunate to be partnered with Chris "The Brains" Williams representing the Public Image committee.

Despite all the issues presented by the restrictions caused by Covid-19, new sensory equipment has been installed at Newman School. The equipment should stimulate multi-sensory communication and contribute to an improved quality of life for children and young people with physical disabilities, medical needs and complex learning needs.

We were approached recently by Wortley Rotary offering to supply visors and masks to Rotherham food banks. Long standing Wortley Rotarian Lewis Atkinson has negotiated the supply of over 10,000 items of PPE to those in need throughout South Yorkshire.

Pushpa Venkatraman, a resident of Duke of Norfolk estate, started an initiative to support hospice and other healthcare sectors with PPE. She coordinated a group of ladies and provided fabric for making scrubs for use at the Rotherham District General Hospital as well as masks for the vulnerable.

The Fellowship meeting last night 3 September was a quiz night with an International theme and including some (singalong) music. As usual I was left thinking how little general knowledge I have (must watch more tv quiz shows). The winner with a very commendable score was Martin Davis.

Our support for Rotherham Foodbank and other local charities during the Covid-19 pandemic has been recognised by our local MP's. We have received congratulatory messages from Alexander Stafford, MP for Rother Valley, John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne and Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham. Their messages are attached.

Last week's meeting on 20th August was a speaker meeting and was given by Steve Prosser of Rotherham food bank. As has been widely reported both online, in the Rotherham Advertiser and Rotherham Community Life Magazine, Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club has been supporting the Rotherham Foodbank during the covid-19 pandemic.

Many thanks to Michelle Scholey of Voluntary Action Rotherham for publicising our Foodbank work on their website.

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