South Lakeland Mind

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 9th July was David Beuzeval, Chief Officer of ‘South Lakeland Mind’ who gave a talk outlining the work and ethos of the charity.

It is a sobering thought that one in four people will suffer from mental issues at some in time of their life. The charity, based in Stricklandgate House, with over 90 volunteers is self-funded and provides counselling, training and group activities for the 400+ clients currently on their books.

Barrow's Boys and other Polar Explorers

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 30th July was Professor Brian Wilson who gave a lecture entitled ‘Barrow’s Boys and other Polar Explorers’.

The talk, as its name implies, told the story of Sir John Barrow and other famous explorers who were determined to find ‘The North West Passage’. They were all unsuccessful and in many cases it cost them their lives, although the first passage, which took three years to complete, was finally done by the famous explorer Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole.

The British Association for Immediate Care

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The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 6th August were Dr Daniel Alberts and Dr Douglas Davies who came to enlighten the club about BASICS (The British Association for Immediate Care).

It began in 1977 and is now country wide and works in conjunction with the Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance and these two doctors are in the process of establishing a local version of the charity. 

They currently have nine volunteer doctors and a number of paramedics on their books who can be called to help at road traffic accidents. The charity is self-funded and is currently looking for help in non-clinical roles.

The Great North Air Ambulance

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 21st May was Kerry Steel from the Great North Air Ambulance who gave a presentation highlighting its work and aims.

The Service covers all of Cumbria, the north east and across Yorkshire to the east coast as far south as York. As a charity, it is funded by itself with no government support and last year it raised over six million pounds to keep the helicopters in the air. 

It provides an invaluable service employing full time paramedics, doctors and consultants who over the years saved many lives.

Airplanes on Windermere

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 14th May was Ian Gee from the Lakes Flying Company Ltd., who gave a fascinating presentation entitled ‘Airplanes on Windermere. 

He detailed the life of one of Kendal’s unsung heroes, Edward Wakefield who was a true pioneer in the field of hydro-airplanes. Edward, a one-time Mayor of Kendal, helped in the development of airplanes which could take off and land on water when, at that time, people thought it was impossible. 

Currently a replica of Wakefield’s first plane ,’Waterbird’, is being built and has successfully taken off and flown  from land with a water take off coming soon.

Aquaboxes

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The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 30th April were Past District Governor Roger Mason and his wife Mary, who gave us an update and detailed description and work of their chosen charity, ‘Aquabox’.

Since its formation in 1992, Aquabox has distributed more than 110,000 boxes to countries suffering from natural and man-made disasters, helping hundreds of thousands of people in more than 50 countries.

As well as a water-filtration unit, each Aquabox contains a variety of humanitarian aid items, including cooking utensils, hygiene equipment, tools, shelter materials, baby and children's clothing and educational items.

Aquabox is almost entirely a volunteer-led organisation, with one part-time paid administrator, so the proportion of total donations contributing directly to aid boxes is amongst the highest achievable.