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Rotary scheme in Thame benefiting the community

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Published by Charlotte Fisher at 10:44am 4th June 2018. (Updated at 10:47am 4th June 2018)

Volunteers with the Thame and District Rotary's Business in the Community Scheme have completed another project.

They identify projects through their links with local authorities, local charities and other similar organisations that will benefit the community.

The scheme was started this year when Kubota Ltd, Lightfoots Solicitors, Lucy Electric Ltd, The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa, Richardsons Chartered Accountants and Waitrose all agreed to participate.

John Singer, President of Thame and District Rotary said,

“The response from local businesses and their employees has been fantastic.

"The first project undertaken was at Lewknor’s Blue Cross where the staff and vets room were redecorated.

"This was followed by the preparation of an allotment for the children at Chilworth House School.

"The third project was completed on 14th May when a team of seven volunteers carried out a project at Thomley."

Thomley is a centre for people of all abilities and disabilities and it brings disabled people, their families, carers and friends together with experienced and nurturing staff that support their additional needs and requirements.

Thomley provides services for people with a wide range of learning, physical or medical impairments from birth to pension age.

Thomley has developed the skills, experience and expertise in providing a wide range of active and creative recreational activities that support the development of social skills, confidence and physical or emotional well-being.

The team of volunteers from Richardsons Chartered Accountants, Lightfoots Solicitors and The Oxfordshire Golf Hotel and Spa constructed four very large planters from wood which had been donated to the Centre.

Warren Koehler, Thomley’s CEO, said

“On behalf of Thomley, I would like to say a big thanks to all the volunteers. They were a pleasure to have around and did an excellent job! They would be welcomed back at any time. Also thanks to the Rotary for choosing Thomley to support with this scheme. “

The monetary value of this first project is estimated at around £1,000 to Thomley however, the benefits have not been solely financial.

Thomley has benefited by there being a resource of volunteers, businesses have been able to support their own community and volunteers have networked with colleagues and employees from other local companies as well as helping local charities.

As Jemma Granger, volunteer from Lightfoots said:

I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to volunteer at Thomley, particularly as I have a personal connection to the centre.

"Thomley is a fantastic place and provides a safe and secure environment for people of all ages to develop and grow.

"It was a privilege to be able to carry out works for the centre to ensure it can continue to provide these superb facilities going forwards.”

If you want to get involved in the sceme, get in contact with the Rotary here.

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