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Rotary and community group raise funds for NeuroMuscular Centre
Amy Swatkins receives the cheque from Past President Gerry Machin, with, from ACE, Lesley Lomas, Lucy Tindall, Linda Tadman, Veronica Wells, and Maree Thorpe
Back in the summer of this year, the Rotary Club of Biddulph joined with the Astbury Community Events Group (ACE) in promoting the Beer and Music Festival held at Glebe Farm, Astbury.
The event was held on the 25th and 26th July, and, helped by the hot summer weather, attracted a record crowd.
The main beneficiaries of the event were the Neuromuscular Centre at Winsford and the Merryfields Special School in Wolstanton.
The festival was a great success with many attractions apart from the beer and the music to suit all tastes. These included a Hog Roast, steam engines, a tombola and a raffle sponsored by Rotary, with a host of prizes, including a £400 bicycle. In total more than £3,000 was raised for charity.
A cheque for £1600 was recently presented to Amy Swatkins, from the fund raising department of NMC, at a meeting of Biddulph Rotary Club at the Egerton Arms, Astbury.
The cheque was presented by Past President of Biddulph Rotary Club, Gerry Machin, and eight representatives from ACE.
In thanking Rotary and ACE Amy said that the money would go towards equipping the Retreat Centre that is currently under construction. For people suffering from Muscular Dystrophy, it is important that they have a private physical space and the retreat would also be used to enable younger patients to get some physical activity. Many carers will also be able to use the centre during their breaks.