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By John Pittwood - Posted on 22 December 2015

Generous Rotarians, dedicated athletes and fun runners, enthusiastic quizzers and the people of Kinver, Enville, and parts of Wollaston and Wall Heath have between them raised more than £16,000 for charity during the last three months of 2015.

Members of the Rotary Club of Kinver and their friends dug deeply into their pockets to spend a record £2,100 on items donated to the club’s charity auction while Club members gave their time, as opposed to cash, to organise a new-look 10k run which this year was renamed the Two Villages Run to reflect the new start and finish point in the grounds of Enville Hall, but still taking in the lanes round Kinver as well.

The event attracted more than 250 runners and, as all overheads for the race – and the 2k associated family run organised by Kinver Fitness Collective -  had already been met by main sponsors BodyKraft of Pensnett and supporting organisations, the entire proceeds, totalling a record £4,500, went to Dudley-based charity Action Heart.

In November a total of 160 generous – and in many cases knowledgeable – quizzers descended on the KSCA to take part the annual Children in Need quiz hosted by Alan Dedicoat, the “Voice of the Balls”. He left the event carrying £2,906 which comprised entrance fees paid by the teams, the proceeds of a bucket collection by Alan and cheque presentations.

These were made by Clive Corbett, the Kinver Rotarian who is head teacher at Pershore High School who handed over £1,250 raised by the pupils and Julia Roseblade, wife of past president Clive Roseblade, who presented £400 collected at Goldthorne Park School in Wolverhampton where she is head teacher.

The total of £16,000 was completed by the club’s annual tour of the area by Santa in his Christmas sleigh which this year raised a magnificent £6,400 for local charities.  As well as visiting homes across Kinver, Enville and parts of Wollaston and Wall Heath, Santa also took his sleigh to the Mary Stevens Hospice Santa Jog; Prestwood Care Home; Kingswinford Shopping Centre; Aldi store in Wollaston; and The Ridge School, Wollaston; St. John’s Primary School, Swindon; Brierley Hill Primary School and Goldthorne Park Primary School.

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