Rotary club hands over £2,000 donation to Wensleydale School

Members of Wensleydale Rotary Club with student members of Wensleydale School Council. Mike Ashcroft and David Spashett (with hat) are centre of the photograph.

Members of Wensleydale Rotary visited the Wensleydale School to donate £2,000 which was raised with the annual Wensleydale Wander event.

Members spent time meeting with members of the school student council together with assistant headteacher Mark Ashcroft,

Students learnt that Rotary originated in the USA in 1905 and today has 1.2 million members worldwide who volunteer their time to make a difference in their local communities.

One of the topics discussed was the ongoing campaign supported by Rotary to eliminate polio.

From an initial programme in the Philippines 35 years ago, Rotary has been working as a partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative which aims to eradicate polio throughout the world.

Its goal is now closer than ever,  with polio remaining endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The recent death of Paul Alexander, who spent 72 years of his life living in an iron lung, had obviously caught the student’s attention.

Club members also talked about their own fears growing up in the 50s and 60s of catching this terrible disease.

President David Spashett said: “The school is very important to Leyburn, and we are keen to support it and its students.

“The school is very supportive of our walking events which enables Wensleydale Rotary to give back in many ways to the community around Leyburn.”

The Wensleydale Wander consists of two walks, 12 miles and a 23 miles, on circular routes around the town.

This year’s event in April attracted over 400 entries and was very successful.

The Wensleydale School is used as a base for the event.