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Rotary's record gift to buy gym

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

KNOCK-OUT: Bodmin Rotarians with members of Bodmin Boxing Club who are celebrating a donation of £10,000 to complete the purchase of the Walker Lines Gymnasium.

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THE ROTARY CLUB of Bodmin has made the largest single grant in its history to enable the Walker Lines Gymnasium charity to buy its building.

The £10,000 donation comes from the club's trust fund, whose origins lie in a decision in 1960 to buy a house in Gordon Terrace in Bodmin for a refugee family from Eastern Europe.

Rotary raised funds for a mortgage and town churches and organisations contributed too.

Current president David Jenkins explained: "When the original tenants left in 1982 the house was sold and the Rotary Trust Fund was set up to protect the capital raised from the sale, to accrue interest and to use the proceeds for the benefit of the people of Bodmin and local charitable organisations.

"Over the years the trust has assisted with the purchase of an ambulance for the St John Ambulance Brigade, a minibus for Bodmin Age Concern, roof repairs to the Scout Hut, sending a local disabled youngster on the Jubilee Sailing Trust ship, outings for local children and many other projects."

Trustees' chairman Tony Sandry said: "This is the largest donation ever made by the trust, but it's the sort of scheme we've been looking for to enhance facilities for the people of Bodmin, especially young people, and will safeguard the future of the building as an amenity for the town."

Bodmin Boxing Club and the trustees of the Walker Lines Gymnasium have been working with the Rotary Club for eight years. Their most successful joint fundraising project was in Kenya where 1,300 eye patients were treated and more than 80 cataract operations were carried out.

Balu Madhvani, chairman of the directors of the Walker Lines Gymnasium and president of the boxing club, said the donation to complete the building's purchase was a wonderful gesture.

"I'd like to thank everyone at the Rotary Club for their tremendous support," he said.

"The pledge of £10,000 will go towards completing a dream which will safeguard a thriving facility for the current and future communities of Bodmin."

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