Christmas Street Collection 2022

Cranleigh Rotary members were once again out in Cranleigh High Street for the Club’s annual street collection, which took place on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th December. Collections were made outside the Co-Op and Sainsburys.

 David Barry Xmas collection 2022

The money raised has been divided equally between Cranleigh Food Bank and Rowley’s Community Centre.

Based on a post-event anonymous donation (gift-aided to Rotary) of £105, the overall sum reached £1,050, so these two very socially-valuable charities each received a donation of £525 from Rotary.

It is noteworthy that over 50% of donations was in the form of £5, £10 and £20 notes, suggesting that about 60 persons donated an average of over £8 each to our bucket collection!! Wonderful, not least when one considers the increasingly difficult times we are experiencing.

So, many thanks to all donors, and to our members and Nationwide partners who were able to brave the very chilly conditions during the three-hour sessions on each day.

David Barry (Club President), shown in photo with his canine assistant!

The Club has since received a message of thanks from Gary Lee, Centre Co-ordinator at Rowleys. "I am writing to thank you, on behalf of the trustees, staff and clients of Rowleys, for the £525 you have kindly raised for us from the Rotary Club Christmas collection. This was an extremely generous donation and we really appreciate the support and help that you gave to us. 

"We have lost a considerable amount of our grant money during the past year and we have to be extremely careful with our funding, so to be able to have this donation to help towards moving Rowleys forward is extremely welcome."

Sheila Halloran, Treasurer for Cranleigh Food Bank, has also written a letter of thanks. "Thank you to all the Rotarians for the cheque for £525 for Cranleigh Food Bank. The amount you collected during the Christmas season was quite staggering - well done and thanks to all who gave up their time to benefit the disadvantaged in Cranleigh.

"As the year proceeds, we know that we will need to buy in foodstuffs to complement the tins, packets etc. that people donate through our collection points,  so your monetary gift will come into its own then."