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Walking, litter-picking and burpees: Rotary Club of Cambridge South members take on challenges for charity

Members of the Rotary Club of Cambridge South are taking on physical challenges to raise money for good causes.

The members usually spend their December weekends raising money by manning car parks for Christmas shoppers heading to Cambridge city centre. Thousands take advantage of these car parks to enjoy parking all day for just £7. Many customers donate considerably more.

Rotary Club of Cambridge South member David Ellis. Picture: Keith Heppell
Rotary Club of Cambridge South member David Ellis. Picture: Keith Heppell

Unfortunately, this year the fundraising cannot take place, which will result in many causes missing out. Last year, the club donated more than £35,000.

However, members are putting themselves through a variety of challenges to help plug the funding gap and raise money for Jimmy’s Night Shelter, The Salvation Army, Arthur Rank Hospice, Cambridge Foodbanks, Camsight and other local good causes.

Members taking part include:

  • Colin Brown who will walk 50 miles in five days
  • Bob and Annabelle Sadler, who are taking on the 46-mile Peddars Way walk over three days
  • Louise and David Ellis, who will walk 40 miles during the weekends in December when we would be usually car-parking
  • John Helmsing, who will walk 50 miles
  • Alan and Pat Edwards, who are going to litter pick in the South Cambridge area every weekday for two hours until Christmas Eve
  • Sue and Mike Smith will walk 40 miles in December
  • Roger Webster, who will undertake a virtual walk the the Emirates Stadium, covering 60 miles
  • Paul Dover, who will cycle 100 miles in two days
  • Sian Franklin, who will complete “100 things before Christmas”
  • Alan Franklin, who will spend one hour a day helping a vulnerable neighbour
  • Amber Slamaite, who will do 1,000 exercise burpees
  • Amanda Morgan, who will walk round the whole of the Forbidden City in Beijing on Christmas morning.

Mr Ellis said: “We’re really keen that the public get behind our appeal of raising much-needed funds for local causes.”

To learn more about what you can do to help, visit the club’s Just Giving page at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/david-ellis-386, or email David Ellis at davidellis365@btinternet.com.

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