St Mary's Hospice in Ulverston

The speaker at Kendal Rotary on 31st July was one of its own members, Past President Richard Bird, who is a Trustee of St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston.

He gave a detailed and informative presentation highlighting the ethos and work of the charity, which is to provide care, hope and support to patients in the South Lakes and Furness area.

Established nearly 30 years ago, the hospice needs £2.8 million every to continue running of which only 22% comes from the NHS, the rest has to be raised by themselves through its own officers and the many invaluable volunteers.

My Life in Farming

Fred Martin

The speaker at Kendal Rotary on 17th July was one of their own members, Past President Fred Martin, who gave a talk entitled “My Life in Farming”. He gave a very interesting and humorous account of his career in farming in the Lythe valley. 

He starting working with his father as a boy when they had only one tractor and eight horses. How things have changed since those days, and he then highlighted the progress made over the decades right up to the present day and how his son has now taken over the business and is continuing the family tradition of farming.

The YMCA

John Cronin

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 10th July was John Cronin from the YMCA who gave a presentation on the work done by the YMCA Camp on Windermere.  

He outlined the ethos and aims of the organisation and the plans in re-developing the Lakeside camp. The local organisation of the YMCA only took control of the site in 2008 and commenced a scheme costing £15,000,000 to totally transform it.

It is to be a three phase project with the first phase, costing £6,700,000  due for completion later this year.