Rotarians give £2,000 to Poppy Appeal sailing trip
The Rotary Club of Otter Valley presented a cheque for £2100.41 to the Royal British Legion for their Sail 4 Poppies appeal. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 0820-51-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24
The Rotary Club in Ottery presented a Christmas gift of more than £2,000 to a Royal British Legion appeal following a sailing trip.
Four of its members sailed around the Devon and Cornish coast in August to raise money for injured service personnel.
They were skippered by Chris Highnam, who in 2010 organised another charity sail which made more than £20,000 for Help for Heroes.
So last year he assembled a crew to embark on another voyage, this time for the Poppy Appeal, and Ottery’s Rotarians decided to help their fellow member try and raise another great total.
So just before Christmas the Rotary Club of Otter Valley and its Santa’s Sleigh presented Chris with a cheque for £2,100.41 to the ‘Sail4Poppies’ appeal, adding to a further £5,000 earlier handed to the legion.
The team, including Keith Spittlehouse, a past-president of the club, Mick Hopkins the group’s treasurer and former Royal Air Force officer Roger Hutchings, left from Exmouth on a 38ft offshore yacht to visit 15 harbours on a journey to Bristol.
Other News Stories
The event will provide useful information on how to handle the plants.
Campaigners have vowed to continue fighting for Ottery’s hospital beds after a public consultation on controversial plans ended.
A specialist retirement community developer is lined up to buy the district council offices at Knowle, if the authority gives the go-ahead later this month.
New blood is being sought to join the ranks of the Beer Regatta committee for this year’s event.
Ottery’s town bus has been saved after strong opposition was voiced over its proposed withdrawal – but funding is still needed to secure its long-term future.
A one-woman campaign to lift the ban on campervans in Sidmouth’s central car parks spiralled into a town-wide debate this week, writes Eleanor Pipe.