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Almost £6,000 Handed To Deserving Charities

Dorchester Rotary Raffle

10:25am 24th January 2014
(Updated 10:27am 24th January 2014)

At Christmas the Rotary Club of Dorchester organises a raffle, with all the proceeds going to those local charities that participate. This year nearly 70 organisations were offered the chance to participate, and almost half took part sharing just under £6,000.

The Rotary Club organises the raffle and this year had very generous sponsors, in the form of £500 from Puragen for the first prize, £250 from Dorchester Timber Ltd for the second prize; £100 from C. Brewer & Son for the third prize; £50 from Mole Valley Farmers (SCATS) for the fourth prize. In addition valuable sponsorship was received from Woods Furniture, CW Motorcycles, and Poundbury Wealth Management.

Beneficiaries included, 

Dorchester Community Nursery School

Dorchester Disabled Club

Dorchester Royal Naval Association

Dorchester Strollers

Dorchester Youth Extra

Dorset Cruse Bereavement Care

Dorset ME Support Group

Dorset People First Friendship Club

Dorset Youth Association

Friends of The Ridgeway Day Services

Haycorns Association

Homestart West Dorset

Lions Club of Dorchester


Parkinson's UK, Weymouth & Dorchester Branch

River of Life MCC Dorchester

SW Dorset Multi-Cultural Network

The Grove Pre School Playgroup

Transport of Yesteryear


Wessex Branch BSG

Weymouth North Scout Group

Winterbourne Valley PTFA

West Dorset Womens Refuge

Greenwood  ILC

Prince of Wales School Association (POWSA)

Wheel Keep Dancing

Fortuneswell Cancer Trust

Fifehead Magdalen Village Hall


And they came along to a gathering to receive their cheques. Each of the charities took part by selling the tickets and received the sales they achieved back plus a 5% ‘bonus’ thanks to tickets sold by Rotary club members and the sponsors. The presentations were made by the Mayor of Dorchester Cllr Stella Jones – the evening being chaired by the club president, Ian Dominy, who in turn thanked member Laurie Benn for all his hard work in organising the raffle. The raffle for Christmas 2014 is already being developed and any charity wishing to benefit should contact the Rotary Club.

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