Ella is first Rotary hero

Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club has awarded its first ever Rotary hero certificate, with nine-year-old Ella Warhurst the recipient.

Ella, from Mossley, wanted to do her bit to raise funds for Tameside Hospital during the coronavirus lockdown and she set up a stall outside her home selling homemade bracelets and stress balls.

Steve Gilligan, immediate past president of Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club, Maxine, Ella and Ian Warhurst and Judi Kelly, Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club president for 2020-21

Immediate past club president Steve Gilligan said: “We heard about Ella’s fundraising through our community contacts and we were so impressed by her initiative and determination.

“Despite being told that her house was not passed by many pedestrians, Ella pressed on with setting it up. Word of mouth in the Mossley community got her the support she needed as locals went out of their way go to Ella’s stall with one former Mossley resident travelling from their current home in Stockport to pay her a visit.

“We decided that, as a club, we’d like to contribute and offered to match every pound Ella raised.

In all £267.60 was donated to the £1 million Tameside Hospital Scanner Appeal.

“However, we also wanted to recognise and celebrate Ella’s personal achievement and so decided to award her a Rotary hero certificate.

“Ella and her parents Ian and Maxine were completely surprised and delighted when we popped round to hand over the cheque, in a socially distanced way, and then presented her with her certificate and pin.”

Find out more information about the Dukinfield and Stalybridge Rotary Club, the combination of community action and fellowship that it offers, the charities the club supports and how to join by simply following them on Facebook, visiting their webpage at DandSrotary.co.uk or calling them on 07730 586269.

Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about your local Rotary Clubs in the area visit the RIBI website www.rotarygbi.org


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