A LOCAL organisation has reflected on it's past year and celebrating having raised more than £30,000 for various charities.

Easthampstead Rotary club held an online Zoom meeting recently, reflecting on the past year (the club's calendar runs from June-July) and the funds raised from their work with residents, as well as celebrating the announcement of the new club president.

Terry Edney, now ex-Rotary Club president said: "I am very proud that we succeeded in raising over £30,000 for local and international charities.

"Around £7,000 of this money came from the generosity of Bracknell and Wokingham residents at our local supermarket collections pre COVID-19.

"Thank you for your support, it has been tremendous.

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"Last July saw the inaugural Bracknell Together Walk in the lovely grounds of South Hill Park.

"The walkers, who were sponsored, raised over £4,000 for the charities of their choice, and our Christmas Community Draw raised over £12,000 for the 45 local voluntary groups and schools who sold the tickets.

"Then, since lockdown, we have supported the Bracknell and Wokingham Foodbanks with donations totalling more than £2,000 to each, and gifts both financial and clothing to The Cowshed, a new charity helping those in need across Berkshire.

The meeting then introduced Les Howard as the new president of the non-profit organisation, who listed the next year's priorities including continuing help for those in need in our communities in the Bracknell and Wokingham area, supporting the Global Vaccination initiative against Polio and in due course COVID-19, developing our young people through local schools and more.

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Terry added: "I would like to publicly thank our members who worked so hard to raise this money, to the residents of Wokingham and Bracknell for their generosity, and the charities that worked with us. A huge thank you to all of you."

For more information on how to join the club, visit facebook.com/easthampsteadrotaryclub/.