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Rotary Club of Bishop's Stortford launches remote Christmas collection

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The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the Rotary Club of Bishop’s Stortford to reshape its Christmas fundraising efforts.

Each winter, the Rotarians collect donations to provide food parcels for around 400 deprived families and lonely elderly folk in the town.

Last year’s Rotary Christmas collection consisted of Santa shaking collection tins outside supermarkets, in Jackson Square and in Market Square. The club also orchestrated a bag-packing service at the checkouts of various food stores.

The Rotarians are supported by a team of charity-minded students for their annual festive money-spinners. The Rotary Interact Club members attend The Bishop’s Stortford High School, Hockerill Anglo-European College and Herts and Essex High School and fundraise throughout the school year for various worthy causes.

Last year, the Rotarians and Interact students raised £11,500 to help make Christmas special for people in need. But this year the coronavirus crisis and Tier 2 restrictions have prevented the club from organising in-person charity collections.

Consequently, the Rotarians have launched a virtual fundraiser. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so by sending a text message to 70085. Any amount from £1 to £20 can be given; to donate £3, for instance, text BSROT 3. For other amounts, just replace the ‘3’ with the new amount.

Texts will cost the donation amount plus the rate for one standard message. This will not enter the sender into any form of mailing list to receive further communications from the Rotarians.

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