Helping Compton Care

There aren’t many people in Wolverhampton who haven’t been touched by the wonderful work of Compton Care.

For over 40 years they have been providing specialist palliative and end of life care to patients, and support for their families, helping them to navigate every aspect of life with a life limiting condition.

Rotary has been involved with the work of Compton Care since its earliest days and helped to fund the initial fit out of the Hall for use as a care facility for patients with terminal illnesses.

Government funding alone won’t cover the ongoing cost of providing its services to patients free of charge and as a result the organisation continues to rely on donations from the community.

Thanks to your support of our Christmas collections we’ve been able to make a donation to help Compton Care with these costs so that it can continue to offer an outstanding level of service to both patients and visitors.

Follow the link to make a donation to support their continuing work – https://www.comptoncare.org.uk/donate/

Supporting the Mayor of Wolverhampton’s Charitable Fund

Each year the Mayor of Wolverhampton selects a number of local charities to support – providing the chosen charities with practical help as well as raising their profile in the City.

Over the past 10 years, Mayors have raised over £300,000 for various local charities.

This year Mayor Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre has chosen to support:

The Haven – a charity providing a range of services and activities including safe accommodation to support women and children in the City.

Give Us A Break – a small, volunteer-run charity dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of young people with complex disabilities and their families by creating inclusive and memorable experiences for them.

Wings & Paws Animal Rescue – a voluntary animal rescue run by local animal lovers working to ensure any neglected, stray, feral or unloved animal will get the best chance at finding a forever home and a better life.

We’ve made donation to the Mayor’s Charitable Fund to help the work of the volunteers running these local good causes – you can show your own support for the Mayor’s charities by donating to the Fund here

Help Celebrate Wolverhampton’s Youth

Nominations are now open for the Wolverhampton Young Citizen of the Year awards 2024, which recognise the achievements of young people aged between 13 and 25 who live or go to school or work in Wolverhampton.

Photo of Max Kilman (Wolves captain) Luis Enache (2023 finalist), Imane Sbihi (2023 joint winner) Eva Abley (2023 joint winner) Mel Eves (awards vice Chairman) at the launch of Wolverhampton Young Citizen 2024
Max Kilman, Luis Enache (2023 finalist), Imane Sbihi (2023 joint winner) Eva Abley (2023 joint winner) and Mel Eves

This years awards were launched by Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Max Kilman and Wolves Legend (and Rotary member) Mel Eves. They are encouraging everyone in the City to recognise those young people who have gone the extra mile and whose personal courage, care for others, achievement or contribution to the community should be recognised and celebrated.

Anyone can nominate a young person for the award – just visit www.wolverhamptonyoungcitizen.org.uk and complete the online nomination form.

The awards were devised and are sponsored by the City’s four Rotary Clubs together with main sponsor Collins Aerospace. The awards are supported by the Wolves Foundation, Wolverhampton City Council, the James Beattie Charitable Trust and West Midlands Magazines.

Together We End Polio

As you wander around Wolverhampton keep an eye out for the purple crocuses which have been planted by the Tettenhall and the City’s other Rotary clubs to raise awareness of our vaccination project which is helping to eradicate polio worldwide.

The polio virus is a highly infectious disease most commonly affecting children aged under 5. The virus is spread person to person, attacking the nervous system, and can lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe, inexpensive and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.

When Rotary started the campaign to eradicate polio, there were cases present in 125 countries worldwide, now cases have been reduced by 99.9% and just two countries remain polio endemic; Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Through the actions of thousands of volunteers working together with Rotary the eradication of polio is tantalisingly close and we want you to get involved and help us finish the job.

Email us at info@tettenhallrotary.org.uk to find out more about joining or volunteering with Rotary to see how you can make a real difference locally, nationally and internationally.

If volunteering isn’t for you then you can still help us to continue to protect children around the world from this horrendous disease with a life-changing vaccine – which costs just 20p – by Donating now. For every pound you donate the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate a further two pounds.

Ukraine – two years on

As we saw the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine members of the Club joined with representatives of the local Ukrainian community at a service hosted by the City Mayor in his parlour to remember those who have died and those who continue to bravely defend their nation.

From the first days of the invasion Tettenhall Rotary has been providing practical aid to those impacted by the invasion with donations of essential equipment including large diesel generators, portable power stations, food, medicine and clothing.

Two years on that support continues with our latest donation to help buy replacement supplies for a school in Lviv which was recently hit by Russian missiles.

With no quick end in sight our fundraising to continue our support for those bravely resisting Russian aggression continues with one half of the proceeds of our charity Golf Day on the 7th June this year to be used for Ukrainian relief efforts.

You can help support our work by entering a team in the Golf Day, by donating a complimentary round of golf, by providing items as playing or raffle prizes, by sponsoring a tee, by sponsoring the event or by making a donation now at http://tettenhallrotary.org.uk/donate.

To enter the competition email us golf@tettenhallrotary.org.uk.

Supporting the Friends of Di’s Kitchen

We’re continuing our support for the work of the Friends of Di’s Kitchen a local charity, operating out of the home kitchen of one of its selfless volunteers, that is helping to feed people in need across the city of Wolverhampton.

The charity is named in honour of Di Henry who, before her passing, ran Tab’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen based at The Tabernacle Baptist Church in Whitmore Reans. Di passed away in 2018, but some of the volunteers who worked with her were determined to continue her good work.

The Friends of Di’s Kitchen now serves nutritious three course meals and distributes food bags to families each week as well as providing emotional support to those in need. Since 2020 over 88,000 meals have been prepared and delivered – with 33,470 people helped in 2023 alone.

In the run up to Christmas we made a donation to the charity which helped them distribute over 800 Christmas meals to their guests and following the success of our Christmas collections we have now been able to donate a further pallet of food which has been used to help feed families over the half term period.

The Friends of Di’s Kitchen are a great example of the power of volunteering and the difference it can make to the people of Wolverhampton

Helping the work of the Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre

Rotary has always recognised the powerful difference which can be made when local people work together -putting service before self – for the benefit of their community.

Over the years members of the City’s Rotary Clubs have translated this into action and have been involved in the foundation and operation of many local charities including the Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre.

For over 30 years the Centre has been supplying Oxygen Therapy and other Physical and Mindful Therapies for the Wellbeing and Support of those suffering with the physical and psychological effects of both long-term debilitating conditions such as MS and short term traumas. Many of the Centre’s services can only be provided as a result of the assistance of a committed group of trained volunteers.

We greatly appreciate the help which the volunteers from the MS Centre give each year to our Christmas Santa Sleigh and with thanks for their help and in recognition of the Centre’s important work we have, thanks to the generosity of your donations, been able to make a further donation to help its work.

Celebrating Wolverhampton’s Young Musicians

Young people from all over the City will be taking part in the Wolverhampton heat of Rotary’s Young Musician competition on Sunday 4th February with winning entrants getting the chance to compete for a place in April’s national final.

Supported by the City’s four Rotary Clubs the competition offers young people the opportunity to experience performing on a public stage as they showcase their musical talent and receive feedback from experienced adjudicators.

The Wolverhampton heat takes place at 2pm (doors open 1.30pm) on Sunday, February 4th at the Music Hub, Graisley Hill, Wolverhampton WV2 4NE.

The City’s Young Musicians never disappoint and you are all welcome to come along, hear some truly talented performers and to show your support. There’s no need to book – just come along on the day, admission is only £3 payable by programme on the door.

Saluting our Army Cadets

Without the help of the Perton Detachment of the Army Cadet Force Christmas wouldn’t be quite as happy for thousands of children in Wolverhampton.

Each year the Detachment Cadets, their Officers and Adult Instructors devote hundreds of hours to helping our Rotary Santa Sleigh visit children in neighbourhoods around the City – bringing a little bit of extra Christmas magic with it.

A major part of the training for any cadet is citizenship training and through participating in community projects like our annual Santa Sleigh cadets build an understanding of how a community functions and the difference that they can make.

Membership of the Army Cadet Force gives cadets a great opportunity to learn leadership skills, discipline and self-confidence to help equip them for life. You can find out more about joining or volunteering with the Army Cadet Force here – https://armycadets.com/

We’re massively grateful for all of their help and thanks to your support we’ve been able to make a donation to the Detachment to help support their activities through the year.

Supporting The Well Food Bank

Your support for our Christmas and Grand Slam of Darts collections has enabled us to make a further donations to support the work of The Well Food Bank as part of our Club’s ongoing efforts to support local charities and good causes.

The Well is a local Christian based charity that provides food and other essential items to families and single people struggling to buy food and other essentials. Since the project started in 2006, The Well’s volunteers have delivered food and toiletry parcels to over 100,000 people and thanks to your support are delivering food parcels to over 120 homes each week.