Tonbridge Rotary helps homeless and learning disabilities show

SETTING THE SCENE: (L-R) Rosanna Colclough with Rotary Past President Brian Piner and Scotts Project residents

Tonbridge Rotary helps homeless and learning disabilities show

by Andy Tong | 24th January 2019

THE Rotary Club of Tonbridge has presented donations to two local charities totalling more than £1,100.

The Scotts Project Trust at Delarue Close in Shipbourne Road has received a cheque for £620.

And the homeless charity Porchlight, which has a branch in Tonbridge, was handed £500 after the fundraising drive.

The President of the Rotary Club, Sonia Williams, said: “We were delighted to be able to support both of these charities, particularly at this time of year.”

The Scotts Project supports adults with learning disabilities through three interlinked services: independent living on site, day services and residential care.

The donation will go towards a show called This Is Me, which residents and service users are putting on next month.

Rosanna Colclough, Performing Arts Director for the show, said: “A big thank you to Tonbridge Rotary Club’s Brian Piner, who popped in to see us with a very kind donation from Rotary for our show This Is Me, which is being performed in February by our Drama Group.

“This Is Me is a one-night-only performance celebrating the amazing talents and unique personalities of adults with learning disabilities.

“We thank Rotary very much for their generosity and look forward to seeing them at the show.”

This Is Me, which will be staged in the Ship Theatre at Walthamstow Hall School in Sevenoaks on February 22, has a cast of 36, who have spent a year rehearsing.

Ms Colclough said: “It’s so magical getting to work with a brilliant cast who all want to do well and achieve the best.

“Rehearsals have been a mix of laughter, tears – happy ones – and discovering new skills.”

She added: “I can’t wait for them to have this opportunity to show the audience their talents and brilliant personalities.”

Chris Thomas, of Porchlight, said: “We’re so grateful to the Rotary Club of Tonbridge. The money they raised can be used to help fund life-saving services such as our Street Team and Helpline.

“Homelessness in Kent is getting worse, but we’re determined to help everyone who needs us.

“We can’t do that without the community’s support, and it’s heartening to see the effort involved.”

Tickets for This Is Me are available from scottsproject.org.uk

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