Latest news from Berwick Rotary Club

The vital work of the Berwick Stroke Association within the community was described to the local Rotary Club by Joy Lamb recently.

Monday, 20th August 2018, 9:00 am

She revealed that the association had welcomed new members and had launched plans to extend its fund-raising, which is such an important feature of its work.

Meetings and outings are held regularly.

Rotarians were told that the main problems faced by stroke sufferers were tiredness and a lack of mobility.

A great deal of hard work went into assisting those who were recovering.

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Funding was an all-important part of the job.

Berwick Rotary now has a new registrar, Les Landels. He replaces Bryon Longbone.

Les and his son Simon were unfortunately omitted from the list of fathers and sons who had both served as president.

Les held the office in 2006-07, and son Simon became one of the youngest presidents in the club’s history when appointed in 2013-14.

• The tremendous work undertaken for dementia sufferers was underlined by Margaret Johnson when she spoke to Berwick Rotary Club on Tuesday.

Membership is growing and it could be that a waiting list has to be drawn up, but Mrs Johnston revealed how tireless funding and a series of events and outings were keeping things at a high pitch.

Great help was being given to those who suffer from “this horrible illness”, and to their families.

Last year the dementia group raised £11,000 and gained the accolade of charity of the year.

It is only seven years since it was set up to take advantage of the available help.

Mrs Johnston emphasised the friendships that had been made through assisting dementia.

Courses are run and prove popular.