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Irene Buckley the new lady President of Cheltenham Rotary Sunrise gets her year off to a good start with a contribution to Hop Skip and Jump a local charity.
A cheque for over £800 is being handed to the biggest bear who will be attending a Teddy Bears Picnic at Hop Skip and Jump, based at Severn Springs. The amount is from the proceeds of a collection made at the recent Food Festival in Gloucester Quays.
On handing over the cheque to the bear Irene commented, “ I don’t know what bears do with cheques I think they probably put them in the bear bank but I know this one is going to be used for the Holiday Day Care Centre. Thanks to everyone who made contributions towards this work which is much needed”.
The Hop Skip and Jump centre manager Marc along with the bear received the cheque and Marc said,” This is great and the bears and I thank you, it costs over £500 a day to run the Holiday Day Care Centre so an amount like this is always welcome.”
Irene Buckley and Cheltenham Rotary Sunrise have adopted Hop Skip and Jump as their year charity and are organising several events to support them. One of the biggest is Last Night of the Proms at the Everyman Theatre in November.
On the day of the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the Hop Skip and Jump Cotswold centre it marked this milestone day on Saturday 21st July with a very special visit from the Archbishop of Canterbury the Rev. Dr. Rowan Williams. Greeted by Children, parent’s, carer’s, staff and founders of the charity the Rev. Celia Carter M.B.E., J.P., and Clarissa Mitchell, the Archbishop enjoyed 30 minutes of fun and conversation with everyone, including going down a slide in the outdoor play area on a specially made mat with the children who attend the centre. He said ‘Hop Skip and Jump is a wonderful place’ and that his early Christian realisations were of ‘people who we can’t forget’.
Hop Skip and Jump founder Rev. Celia Carter says ‘It was a great honour for all of us that the Archbishop chose to visit Hop Skip and Jump Cotswold during his first official visit to the county. The children were proud to show the archbishop around their centre and were so delighted when he agreed to go down the slide’.
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