Hats off to Rotary’s fundraising efforts

Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club members on Hats for Hospices day, joined by guest speaker Patrick Souiljaert

Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club members on Hats for Hospices day, joined by guest speaker Patrick Souiljaert

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CHARITIES at home and abroad have been helped by Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club.

Steyning Grammar School teacher Katie Browning received a cheque for £750, to cover the expenses and fees for one child in Malawi to attend school.

Rotary club president Robert Dunn with Mrs Katie Browning, who is helping to educate children in Malawi

Rotary club president Robert Dunn with Mrs Katie Browning, who is helping to educate children in Malawi

Mrs Browning has been instrumental in a scheme to help an extended family in Malawi to give their children an education.

She told the club there were now eight students aged from four to 18 in the scheme but the Malawi government had substantially increased fees recently, which had a dramatic effect on the opportunities for many other children there.

President Robert Dunn presented the cheque to Mrs Browning at Sussex Yacht Club.

She said the children were grateful for the help and they were making good use of the education provided.

Mrs Browning said: “For the last eight years, I, along with my tutor group, have been raising funds for these children, who without our financial help would be unable to go to school.

“We are proud to say that we have one young woman, Sarai, who graduated last year and who has a good job, a second has just started university, two are in secondary school and the younger ones are still attending Golden Gate Memorial School in Lilongwe.”

On Hats for Hospices day, the club raised money at its regular Friday lunchtime meeting at The Amsterdam in Shoreham.

Members wore a variety of hats and staff at the restaurant joined in as well, raising more than £60 for St Barnabas House hospice.

Also joining in the fun was the guest speaker, Patrick Souiljaert, who has recently taken up sailing with Sailability in Shoreham.

The scheme introduces disabled young people and adults to sailing.

Patrick, from Shoreham, explained the different boats used, from a single-seat dinghy to a six-person lugger capable of carrying wheelchair sailors.

Patrick, who has cerebral palsy, explained the challenges in his own life and how he overcomes them using inspirational thought and writing.

He has just completed a book called Stairs for Breakfast, which he hopes to have published shortly. Visit stairsforbreakfast.com for more information and read more about Patrick and his book in next week’s Shoreham Herald.