Charitable Activities

Club members work together to organise events and projects to raise funds for worthy charitable causes.

We regularly receive requests from individuals looking for sponsorship for their own events, or towards them volunteering overseas and seeking financial assistance. The club does not have the financial resources to make grants to individuals and any such requests will receive a polite negative reply. :-(


End Polio now campaign.


 Rotary International Foundation Co-Ordinator, Peter Moralee, is pictured presenting a certificate, congratulating the Leicester Club, to President Richard Power in recognition of our support of the Rotary’;s Worldwide Polio Eradication programme.

The programme has been in operation from 1986, when there were 350,000 reported cases of the illness, to just 22 in 2017. The work will carry on until the long awaited zero is achieved.



Collecting for The Royal National Institute for the Blind

On Saturday 24th March 2018 a group of members of the club volunteered to collect on behalf of RNIB in the Tesco store at the foot of Wakerley Road in the Crown Hills area of the city. Pairs of Rotarians stood for 2 hours at a time from 9.30am to 5.30pm and the shoppers were extremely generous with their donations. The total raised was £234.96.











Babs Marson and  Moira Bartlett                                          Barry Davies and Neil De Voil



A variety of donations were made in 2017 and letters of thanks are shown below.








Some recent club initiatives are set out below



RIBI National Golf Championships


 The 31st National Final was held at The Leicestershire Golf Club , on Monday  4th September 2017. An entry form and the Rules for the 2018 event are included below.

 The competition raised £11,100 towards the End Polio now campaign including Bill and Melinda Gates contribution of £2 for every pound raised by Rotary

 Once again, in order to widen participation from smaller clubs, entries of teams comprised of members of two different clubs within a District are permitted.

In addition this year there will be an INDIVIDUAL competition for which any golfing Rotarian is welcome to enter, and GUEST PLAYERS are also welcome. The number of available tee times may be limited (depending on your response) and will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis.

You can make a provisional reservation by e mailing the organiser, Simon Gravett, at

Once again, the event will be held at The Leicestershire Golf Club on Monday 3rd September 2018.


RULES 2018



Round Leicestershire Walk

As part of the Club’s fund raising activities, President Richard is keen to go out on a high.

Two years ago we organised a walk to raise money for our Centenary project at Bradgate Park. This year’s walk will take place on Friday 29th June at 7.00pm and finishing 48 hours later.

All are welcome to take part, family, friends, children ,pets etc

Make a note in your diary as further details will be given nearer the date.













Crocus Sunday

This event on Sunday 27th February 2017, in Aid of the Stop polio campaign, took place at the Botanic Gardens in Oadby.On a cold and windy day,Rotarian volunteers  stood for an hour at a time, with collection buckets, raising funds for the End Polio Now campaign. Entry to the event was free, but  visitors  contributed generously and donated £522 on the day. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute double everything we raised, so the event has provided £1,566 towards the campaign. There have been just 35 cases of polio diagnosed in 2016, compared to 380,000 cases in 1985 when the eradication programme began. Fortunately the crocus  were in full bloom and made a superb display.



Happy children in Hohoe

Children from the Alavanyo Agoxoe Basic School in Hohoe in Eastern Ghana, close to the border with Togo admire their new books supplied by the Rotary Club of Leicester. The Club worked with the Rotary Club of Hohoe and the support of a Foundation Grant to supply books to six schools in the Hohoe area. Kofi Agyemang-Benchie from the Hohoe Club said that this had been a wonderful project to supply much needed books, they will be using them to ignite the spirit of competition among the students in the area of academics. The books will provide a long term education facility to the youth of Hohoe. The Leicester Club found the project very rewarding and hope to maintain links with Hohoe and to develop other projects in the future.

Happy Children in Hohoe_____________________________________________________________________

Donations made by the Benevolent Committee 2016

Leicester Samaritans

1st South Wigston boys and girls brigade

Royal National Institute for the blind – Talking books

Leicestershire Education Business Company preparing young people for life in Leicester

Warning Zone

Mablethorpe Childrens Home


Super Hero Fun Run 2016

This was  the third staging of this annual event. All entrants were provided with a Superhero mask on the day.

When     Sunday 17th April 2016   Registration from 9.30

Superhero warm up at 10.40 courtesy of Fitness Bank

Superhero Fun Run starts at 11.00am

Where   5km route and 2km route for miniheroes at Abbey Park , Leicester

Prizes  There were prizes galore for the best dressed superhero, best dressed team and if you had a super-pooch then there was even a prize for the ‘best dressed superhero dog competition!’

The competiton was held at 10.30 before the commencement of the run.

Grateful thanks to our sponsors The Fitness Bank, Sturgess Motor Group, and Edwards Hands and Lewis, solicitors

The participants raised approximately £2,500 for their chosen charities and the entry fees of approximately £1,000 were  divided evenly between the  Rotary club of Leicester and the Rotary club of Leicester De Montfort. Approximately £500 was given to Leicester Charity Link and £500 to  Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes.

In all probability the event will run again in 2017


Please visit for an entry form and further details.


Midsummer Meander  :oops:

This 110 mile circular walk  took place over the week ending 19th June. Starting on the evening of Friday 17th at the visitor centre in Bradgate Park and ending in the afternoon of Sunday 19th at the same place. The aim was to raise at least £5,000 towards our Centenary Project, the redevelopment of the visitor centre at Bradgate Park. There were  11 stages in the walk, not all of equal distance. The legs ranged from 5 to 15 miles. Early indications are that the target was achieved.

For full details of the event and how to enter read the document below


To make an online donation, follow the link below:-



Kids Out      :-P

Rotary Club LeicesterEvery year, in June, the club takes a large group of disabled children for a day out at Wicksteed Park, Kettering. The event is supported by most other clubs in District 1070 and the park is full of happy smiling faces,the children playing on the swings and roundabouts, riding on the miniature railway, watershoot, astroglides and other facilities on offer. There is a break for a sandwich lunch and brief disco session in the pavilion. The children are supervised by their professional school carers, whilst Rotarians assist and distribute the meals. It is a highlight in the calendar of events for those who take part, and a joy to see the children enjoying their special day.

The 2016 event was held on Wednesday 8th June



AM-AM golf competition at The Leicestershire Golf Club

The Centenary Golf AMAM was held at The Leicestershire Golf Club on 15th June. The event raised over £6,000 towards the Centenary Appeal- A new Visitor Centre at Bradgate Park.

Blanson Ltd was the winning team with 91 stableford points, with Kyal Machine Tools 88 and Pick Everard 86. Others in the prizes were : Simon Pollard – nearest the pin, Malcolm Cramp – staaightest drive and Trevor Greenfield – putting competition.

A big thank you goes to the sponsors and helpers and to all 25 teams who participated in the day.

A photo of the prize presentation to the winning team is featured below and shows Richard Taylor, Paul Bonnett – Rotary President, Nick Turner, Andy Turner, Dave Gee and Simon Gravett – Rotary Organiser.

AMAM winners 2016



The format  was 18 holes Stableford off 90% of handicap in teams of four, with the best two scores to count. Teams were comprised of Gentlemen, Ladies ,or Mixed, with handicap limits of 28 for Gentlemen and 36 for Ladies. Before or after play there was a putting competition enjoying two attempts free of charge. Competitors were invited to enjoy the running buffet which was included in the entry fee of £260 per team.



The Young Designer Competition 2016

The awards ceremony for the The Young Designer Competition 2016  took place on 18th June at De Montfort University. 35 entrants competed for the first prize of a full year’s mentoring from staff at DMU.

Young designer 2


Further details of the evebnt and winners may be found by following the link below



Charity Collections

At Christmas time 2015
, by kind permission of Tesco, we stood outside the store in Hamilton and collected on behalf of Age UK. Members and representatives from the charity attended for two hour sessions each from 9.00 am until 6.00pm over a three day period. The collection raised over £994.

In February 2015, Morrisons supermarket on the old cattle market site was the venue for a two day collection on behalf of the Marie Curie Daffodil appeal.


Donations made by the Benevolent Committee 2015

The club has approved donations to the charities listed below for 2015

Kids for Heroes, a charity supporting the families of armed forces personnel.

DEBRA, a charity dedicated to helping children with acute skin conditions.

Intercare, a charity providing medical aid for Africa.

Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance service, a charity providing emergency medical assistance by helicopter.

Prostaid, a local charity providing support for sufferers from prostate cancer.

The Life Education Centre for Leicestershire and Rutland.

A grant to the E Ranger project to contribute to the costs of maintaining the motor cycle ambulances donated by the club in a previous year. The ambulances operate in Uganda, transporting pregnant women to hospital in order that they may give birth in the best possible surroundings.


Auction of promises

The Club held an Auction of Promises to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation, the Club’s Centenary Project to rebuild the visitors Centre at Bradgate Park and other Rotary supported charities. The online auction was open until 6.00 pm on Tuesday 17th November and bids had to be sent to a dedicated email address.  A final ‘live’ auction was held at the Richard III Visitors Centre, 4A St Martins, Leicester LE1 5DB on Wednesday 18th November 2015. Doors opened at 7.00 pm to view the Richard III exhibition and the auction started at 8.00 pm. Tickets were £10 each including canapés and a glass of wine or juice.

The final total raised was in excess of £4,500. Our thanks to all those who supported the event by bidding for the wide variety of lots. A big thank you to Rotarian John Saunders who planned the whole event and maintained the web page of online bids.


Little Faces School, Mombasa , Kenya

The Club has joined with other Rotary Clubs, schools and businesses around the UK by donating £225 to the Little Faces School Project in Mombasa, Kenya. The project was started in 2012 by Sally Harrison of the St Neots Rotary Club and is to support deprived children at a school in Mombasa, Kenya. Our donation will provide education and food for a year for two children and £105 towards the school’s annual day out and picnic. The charity is looking for schools, Rotary Clubs or individuals to sponsor a child at a cost of £60 per year, they also plan to build a new school adjacent to the current site. They have the support of the local Mombasa Rotary Club and of the seven trustees, three are Rotarians, two in the UK and one in Kenya. Currently 242 children are being sponsored.