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Paignton Rotary Charities

Membership of Rotary provides an opportunity to support local and international charities by organising events, providing practical support and raising funds. Recently the Rotary Club of Paignton has supported the following local community groups and charities:


Working with MENCAP to provide transport for GATEWAY

Providing a ‘KIDS OUT’ DAY for Mayfield Special School

Providing Sailability Courses for the children of Mayfield Special School

Transport for the local Blind Association.

Professional help with the setting up of a local ‘drop in’ centre for various charities

Support for the EOTAS (Education other than at school) Centre.

Whizz Kids

Clic Sargent

Young Carers

Children’s Hospice South West

Robert Owen Children’s Charity

ANODE - A well organised local Food Bank and service charity provider to the socially deprived sector of our community.

Crab Supper.

Following our Crab Supper in 2015 we raised enough money to be able to present  Torbay Hospital League of Friends with £2000 towards the cost of equiping a new intensive care ward.

We also gave £100 towards the cost of a Defibrillator to be based in the Marldon area.

Shelter Box

The Club regularly arranges collections for the Rotary Shelter Box Charity. We collect at Supermarkets and on the ‘Down the Line’ Santa Specials run by the South Devon Railway.

Shelter Box was founded 11 years ago by a rotarian from the Rotary Club of Helston, Cornwall. Since then it has sent boxes to over 200 natural or man made disasters sending life-saving aid to a million people spread across 75 countries.

We have 2 registered Shelter Box Speakers with an additional registered Shelter Box Collector within our Club - together with control over a demonstration Shelter Box to be used at talks and collections.

The Shelter Box.

This contains items for warmth and protection, This includes a large family tent that can house an extended family. There are items to give dignity allowing those needing help to cook, store and purify water and provide themselves with heating. Self sufficiency is important and tools are provided to allow families to improve their immediate environment. There are toys and educational items for children.

The cost of a box is in the region of £600.

In 2013 we collected at Paignton Station and sent £3000 to Indonesia

In 2015, following the earthquake Nepal we purchased a further three shelter boxes

Children’s Hospice South West

Porthean, St.Austell, Cornwall

Several members of the club have visited this new hospice and were very impressed and moved by the work that they are doing.  As a result the club have given financial support to this charity.

Hands For Life

Since the year 2000, this small UK based registered charity has been holding annual surgical camps in a small community called ‘Anandwan’ in central India. The project which started with surgical correction of hand deformities due to leprosy, has since expanded to include congenital deformities of the hand, burn scar contractures and cleft lip/palate. Members of the club have supported this charity in a small way by covering the costs of individual operations and one member of the Club has run in the London Marathon to raise funds for the Charity. The doctors involved  give their services.   For more information, their website has a link from our home page.

Abbfest 2015

Raising Money for Devon Charities

Help for Heroes

This worthy charity was supported by the Club when the Club, with support from the Rotary Club of Torquay, organised a concert to raise funds for this charity. The concert featured the Torbay Brass Band and the Forest of Dean male Voice Choir.  The concert was very successful and raised in excess of £1200 for the charity.  We are grateful to the band and choir who gave support to this event.  

Comment from Help for Heroes:  “We wish your organisation well as you continue to strive to do all you can for our armed forces and their loved ones”.

Rowcroft Hospice

Members of the Rotary Club of Paignton helped the

Rowcroft Team collect redundant Christmas trees.

In the region of 700 trees were collected from Torbay

addresses by volunteers and Rowcroft anticipate that

they will raise around £5000. The trees are taken

over by the local council who mulch them. The money

is raised by charging for collection.  The Club believes in supporting worthy local charities.

A day to remember……………….Kids Out!

For a third year the Yacht Club

played host to disadvantaged

youngsters and their carers. Kids Out is a National day when the Rotary Clubs around the country entertain the disadvantaged children in their respective areas. The Rotary Club of Paignton has historically liaised with Mayfield School and members and past-members of the Club turned out on Wednesday June 20th 2012 to treat the youngsters and their one-to-one carers to a day of

fun and relaxation.

Taking them by mini-bus to Paignton Steam Railway station they

boarded the steam train in a reserved coach for the trip to Kingswear. From there they took a trip on a River Boat and returned to the Royal Dart Yacht Club where they were generously hosted on the terrace by the Yacht Club to music and singing and a hot buffet. A clown performed for them making balloon “pets” for the youngsters to take home with them, many of them unrecognisable behind the expert face paintings.

The trip on the train and the boat is one of the youngsters’ highlights of the year and it was a joy to see them respond to the smells of the steam, river and the swaying and the movement of the transport. As for the carers, the time spent on the terrace at the Yacht Club provides a welcome break before, tired and happy after an energetic day, the group returned to Paignton on the steam train in the late afternoon

The trip was not only for the youngsters. It was also to treat

the carers and to recognise that their care and dedication does not go unappreciated. Their pleasure was noticeable as they danced and sang with their charges.

In 2015 we took 23 children and carers on the outing


Helping Young Children with Cancer

Mobility Trust

We supported this charity in 2013 by donating £1000 towards the cost of a specialist wheelchair for a Paignton resident.

December 2013

Supporting the Paignton Parish Church

       Christmas Tree Festival 2014

Collecting for ANODE:

We co-operated with other rotary Clubs from around Torbay to give support to this Charity. Anode provides help and support to individuals during challenging times.  Part of this support is running a Local Food Bank.  More information can be found on their website at

The Paignton Rotary Club led the Bay-wide campaign to ask the General Public to support ANODE. The appeal was not for cash donations, but by giving food items, selecting their donations from a list of suggestions. The collection took place over one Saturday, at nine different stores in Torbay, between the hours of 10.00a.m. and 4.00p.m., with at least 2 collectors at any one time, operating as a team.

Quite apart from seeking and gaining the support of the Supermarkets/Stores themselves, a prior necessity was publicity, and the Club was most grateful to the Herald Express, the local Paper, for running a series of articles on the project and the work of ANODE, with one anonymous case study illustrating the work of this Charity. The local Radio Station, Palm FM also contributed in this regard.

The results exceeded expectations. I536Kg of food was donated from all the collecting stations, equivalent to 277 standard food parcels. Each designed for 1 person to last 3 days. In addition, although there was no appeal for cash donations, donations of nearly £200 were given. This Club collected 370Kg, equivalent to 74 food parcels.

This is a good example of ‘Joined up Rotary’ – where Clubs work together for a single aim, often their joint efforts exceed the sum of the individual Club efforts.

In 2015 we collected a further 283 kilos of food.

John and Marion Page enjoying themselves at Abbfest 2015, one of the many fund raising events sponsored by the Rotary Club of Paignton