Your article: Rotarians set up Angels Scheme to aid community

Some of the elderly residents from Market Weighton who enjoyed a sightseeing and shopping trip to Chesterfield courtesy of Weighton Wolds Rotary Club.
Some of the elderly residents from Market Weighton who enjoyed a sightseeing and shopping trip to Chesterfield courtesy of Weighton Wolds Rotary Club.

Weighton Wolds Rotary Club has been hard at work trying to think up better ways for people to donate to charity.

Members were shocked to discover that some regular giving schemes operated by certain charities claim half of the total that is donated in costs.

As a result, members of the Rotary Club set up the Weighton Angels Scheme, which is now being hailed as an idea with million pound potential.

Chris  Stephenson, who has taken over from Chris Clubley as the club’s new president, explained: “The idea is to sign up a maximum of 99 local people or businesses who all agree to pay a flat fee of £5 per month.

“We only spend the money within the Weighton Wolds area and we always email every Angel whenever any of their money is spent. That way they can let us know if they don’t agree with a decision.

“Our members cover all expenses ourselves so every penny given gets spent on helping those in our community that most need a hand.”

Among those to have already benefited from the Angels are a local bereavement counselling charity and a group of elderly residents from Scott’s Croft and elsewhere in Market Weighton, who were able to take a rare trip out.

“We asked them where they wanted to go and they chose Chesterfield,” said Mr Stephenson.

“They spent a thoroughly enjoyable day looking round the bustling market town with its crooked spire before returning home shopped out.”

Although the Weighton Angels scheme is less than a year old, it is already generating over £100 every month – a figure which is expected to rise to nearly £6,000 a year.

And with almost 2,000 Rotary Clubs around the UK all hungry for new fund raising opportunities the men and women of Weighton Wolds Rotary Club are hoping that the scheme takes off across the country.

The scheme, which already has some of the best known companies in the area signed up, is still open to new Angels.

Anyone interested in getting involved should email Colin Brown, the scheme’s administrator via colin.brown@thedeep.co.uk.

Alternatively, speak to any member of Weighton Wolds Rotary Club for further information on the scheme.