Reepham & District Rotary Club has launched an appeal to support local organisations that have been stretched by the current coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The Reepham Rotary Recovery Initiative aims to help organisations as they return to work following the recent restrictions on activities.
Rotary members have set up the appeal because traditional fundraising through events has been difficult and the club has found it cannot yet offer practical help in many instances.
The initial target is to raise £2,500 with £1,000 already pledged.
Chairman Tony Williams explained: “We have successfully supported regional charities and some overseas projects; however, we are acutely aware of the difficulties that have been felt in our own area.
“Many people have been badly affected and many organisations have found it difficult to operate and to raise funds. Their activities will be essential, as more people need help.
“Some of us may find we have spare cash since shopping and entertainment have been restricted. This is what started our members thinking about how we can put this to good use.
“We have spoken to many others in and around Reepham who find themselves in a similar situation and hope they will join us in building up this fund.”
Recovery Initiative grants will be directed to organisations supporting those with needs initially arising from the coronavirus restrictions. It is hoped this will become a long-term project providing funds into the future.
Organisations in Reepham and surrounding villages that would like support (maximum £500) for the purchase of equipment or supplies or for a specific project should contact Richard Cooke on 07889 036852 or by email to discuss their needs.
More details can be found on the club’s website. The Reepham Rotary Recovery Initiative is supported by Reepham Life.
Donations can be made via JustGiving, in person at Reepham Post Office or by contacting Roy Sherlock on 07795 804452 or by email.