MONEY to support charities at home and abroad has been presented by Devizes Rotary Club.

Representatives of Wiltshire causes including Dorothy House hospice and fundraising group Omnes ad Unum and national charities such as Sightsavers and Shelterbox were at The Crown, Devizes to receive cheques totalling nearly £3,000.

Devizes Rotary Club president Cliff Evans said: “It’s been a great pleasure to be able to help a wide range of causes again. These have included local organisations such as Alzheimers Support with £100, the Devizes Museum, £40, Dorothy House, £100, and Omnes ad Unum £200.

“We’ve also supported international causes including Sightsavers, £100, Shelterbox, £600, the Rotary Foundation £1,670 and the Jan Jyoti School in Nepal £75.”

The cash was raised by a number of activities which included cooking roast potatoes at the Alzheimer’s Support fun day in Trowbridge and a chilli stall at last summer’s Devizes Street Festival. Money for Omnes Ad Unum was raised from a Rotary stall at its Christmas Tree Festival and Bazaar at St John’s Church in Devizes. Marjie Pook from Omnes said: “I found the evening so interesting hearing about everything that Rotary has done and continues to do. You are certainly part of a tremendous organisation.”

Also among those at the Rotary Half Year Assembly was Devizes Mayor Jane Burton. She said: “I was amazed at what they do.”

During his speech Mr Evans talked about the club’s achievements during the year which included helping Wiltshire Council’s Safe Places Team help vulnerable people in the town. The club has also joined Devizes Community Area Dementia Action Alliance and ran the inaugural Devizes Area Rotary Young Chef Competition.