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Our Charities

The Framework for Giving is Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club’s overall arrangement for giving funds to charities and good causes. The majority of its funds supports Local Charities.

a) Local Charities (Rotherham and the Sheffield City Region) – 60%
b) International Charities – 10%
c) General Funds (including emergencies and contingencies) – 30%

Start-A-Heart 24/7

Re-starting hearts 24 hours-a-day
Start-a-Heart 24:7 has helped 90 communities in Rotherham to acquire accessible defibrillators, predominantly in external safe cabinets. Although now working exclusively within the Borough there are 36 units further afield, often working in conjunction with Rotary Clubs in Mid-Yorkshire. The charity works tirelessly to raise the £1000 cost of each cabinet through fund raising events, bids, talks and sponsorship. We receive regular reports of defibrillators being used and it is particularly wonderful when we hear that a life has been saved. We are always keen to reassure people about the use of this life saving equipment through talks and visits to communities. We are very grateful to Rotherham Sitwell Rotary that Start-a-Heart 24:7 has been accepted as the President’s Charity for Year 2020-21.

Friends of Newman School

Friends of Newman School aim to raise monies for the children and young people of Newman School, Rotherham. These will provide extracurricular activities and experiences for pupils who have a range of disabilities. The Rotary Club of Rotherham Sitwell has long supported Newman School through such activities as “Kids Out” where groups of children and young people are taken to the seaside for a day. More recently, we have supported “Kids In” where for a day the school is turned into a seaside resort! In 2017, our Club organised the creation of an Adventure Path which made the school grounds accessible for the children and young people of Newman School.

Maples Care Centre

Rotherham Sitwell Club is proud to support the Maples Cancer Care Centre. The Centre provides free care and support to Rotherham people who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as support to their main carers. The Centre staff also provide complementary therapies and/or counselling but most of all they help people to cope and improve the quality of their life. The highly trained and experienced staff understand the effects of cancer on people’s lives and are used to working with people at all stages of illness.

Shiloh Rotherham

Shiloh Rotherham is a charity that offers warmth, practical support and pathways to a meaningful, self-reliant life for adults in need, regardless of their beliefs. It serves and respects all people regardless of gender, race, ethnic origin, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation or physical and mental ability. In 2019 , we supported Shiloh to create an attractive "courtyard" for guests to enjoy a peaceful outdoor space.

International Charities

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary has a proud track record of supporting international charities and good causes. By far the biggest support has been given towards the eradication of Polio through the global campaign called End Polio Now. Since 1988 when the campaign began, Polio has reduced by 99.9%! It is now only in two countries and the hope is to fully eradicate this highly contagious disease through effective immunisation programmes.

As a Club, we have also supported charities such as:
ShelterBox (
Water Aid (
Trade Aid (
Global Sight Solutions (