Delivering Shoeboxes

The Shoeboxes after unloading in December. They then are sorted into box types then loaded onto the next vehicle set to leave for Eastern Europe and distribution by Rotary International and its partners.

Our Club thanks everyone who filled Shoeboxes this year helping us to deliver to the International Aid warehouse in Preston for onward shipment, the magnificent total of 163 boxes.

With a mixture of household items, toys for babies, youngsters and teenagers too, the gifts will bring much happiness to many vulnerable families in Eastern Europe.

Another example of Rotary in Action!

Thank you everyone.

The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton and Shelterboxes

We were all shocked by the results of Hurricane Irma across the Caribbean. Matters were made worse by the arrival of Hurricane Maria. We then saw the horrific newsreels of the Rohingya Crisis on the borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma). The Club resolved that we should respond in a meaningful manner and that we should do this through ShelterBox. This charity which is well known to Club Members were quick to respond to both crises. They had teams in both the Caribbean and Bangladesh assessing local needs and arranging for aid to be distributed. For the Caribbean this included tents, ShelterKits, solar lights and water carriers. The Club purchased eight ShelterBoxes for a total of £4,720.

ShelterBox and Rotary are official project partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox provide boxes containing the equipment to help prov

ide for the immediate needs of people affected by disasters. As well as the Caribbean they are also currently providing tents, blankets, children’s clothing, mattresses and kitchen sets for displaced families in Syria. Similar help has been sent to Niger where some sixteen thousand people are in a refugee camp having been driven from their homes by Boko Harram. Overshadowed by the Rohingya crisis there has been severe flooding in Bangladesh. ShelterBox are also proving help to the people worst affected.

Rtn Richard Horrell.

Supporting the Rotary Shoebox Scheme

Church Elders Peter Kay and Dennis Simpson of Bethel Christian Fellowship and 71 boxes of gifts ready for shipment.

Each year our Rotary Club asks for support for the wonderful Shoebox scheme which sends shoebox size boxes of gifts and household items to Central and eastern Europe.Since the project was launched in 1994, over one million boxes have been delivered.

The Bethel Christian Fellowship is just one of the many friends of our Club who regularly support the scheme and this year, as the picture shows, contributed a massive 71 boxes.

We are extremely grateful for their support.

Spurgeons Young Carers

Angie Jones and Eve Ravenscroft visited The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton to explain the work done by Spurgeons which is a children’s charity providing support to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families across England. The charity supports young carers between the age of eight to eighteen years. The primary goal of the charity is to help young carers to enjoy their own lives as well as providing support in their caring role. The charity is celebrating it’s 150th year of support. Angie thanked the club for its support particularly at Christmas time. More information about this very worthwhile organisation can be found at; or at Wolverhampton Young Carers, The Workspace, All Saints Road, Wolverhampton, WV2 1EL

Launching the Tree of Remembrance

From L-R, Rotarian Alan Jacques, Mander Centre Manager Richard Scharenguivel, the Mayoress of Wolverhampton Asha Mattu, Rotary Club of Wolverhampton President Stuart Williams, the Deputy Mayoress Elaine Hadley-Howell and the Deputy Mayor Councillor Phil Page

Our Christmas Tree of Remembrance burst into light on Wednesday evening at the Mander Centre. The Mayor of Wolverhampton unfortunately was unable to attend but his wife Asha, the Mayoress, and Deputy Mayor Phil Page stepped into the breech and performed a perfect switch on. The ceremony was watched by an enthusiastic collection of Rotarians and many interested shoppers. Our display stand this year is as good as it ever has been and all being well will help towards a successful campaign.

We Will Remember Them

The Rotary Clubs of Wolverhampton, Tettenhall and Wolverhampton St. Georges and the Inner Wheel clubs of Wolverhampton and Tettenhall were all represented at the Drum Head ceremony at the Cenotaph in St. Peters Square Wolverhampton and afterwards at the Service in St. Peters on Remembrance Sunday. The Mayor and Mayoress, Elias and Asha Muttu were in attendance and hosted us to refreshments before and after the ceremony which were well received as was bitterly cold in a brisknortherly wind. 



We will Remember Them.

Wolverhampton Rotary Clubs Crocus Planting in Aid of Polio Eradication

Rotarians from all the Wolverhampton clubs set to with a will to plant crocus bulbs in aid of polio eradication . they were joined by the Friends of Bantock Park and children from Penn Fields Special and Merridale Primary Schools.

Leading the planting teams were The Mayor and Mayoress Councillor Elias and Mrs. Asha Mattu.

All the local Rotary clubs mounted this joint effort to raise public awareness and gather donations in support of Rotary International’s 30 year campaign, which is nearing a successful conclusion, to rid the world of the scourge of polio.In 1985, the campaign was launched. At that time, there were over 1000 new cases somewhere in the world every day, leaving children paralysed and having to spend their lives in iron lungs, because one of the many tragic effects of contracting the disease was to leave them unable to breathe unaided. Since then, Rotary has contributed more than £1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunise more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries to fight the disease. In 2017, as of December 2017 there has only been a total of 15 new cases, these occurring in Pakistan and Afghanistan and one in Nigeria, which was was quickly prevented from spreading by an extensive immunisation effort.

Rotary’s efforts are supplemented by generous financial support at a rate of 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and by working in partnership with the World Health Organisation..

With the aid of local schools, voluntary support groups and the City of Wolverhampton Parks Service, 50,000 purple crocus were planted in 5 public spaces around the city. These were:

Tettenhall Upper Green, West Park, Bantock Park, Wednesfield Community Centre and the Bert Williams Leisure Centre, Bilston.

The purple crocus is the worldwide symbol of the mass immunisation programme whereby children have a purple dye painted onto their small finger nail to show they have received the vaccine. The dye enables the Rotarians and the World Health Organisation nurses to ensure that no child has been missed in the ensuing days before the dye fades.

When the crocus emerge in spring, they will be a lasting reminder of the part Wolverhampton has played in this vital effort.

In a separate initiative, the clubs were kindly given permission by Kelly Jeffs, the Manager of Lighthouse Cinema to collect donations from filmgoers attending each showing of the film ‘Breathe,’ a highly acclaimed film telling the true story of Robin Cavendish. He was unable to move from the neck down after contracting polio at the age of 28, and became a worldwide leading advocate for the disabled.


When the last incidence of polio has occurred, there will need to be 3 years of funded surveillance to ensure that no new cases have arisen, and then the day will have come when this dreadful disease will be banished forever.


The Rotary Clubs involved were Wolverhampton, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton St. Georges, Wednesfield, Willenhall and Bilston and Wolverhampton West.


Rotary is the worlds largest voluntary service organisation, open to men and women of all ages. For further details visit www,rotary, where enquirers can be directed to any local club..