Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour

THE CLUB chose the Children with Cancer Fund as its main supported local charity for 2010/2011.

The club members were delighted, therefore, that the fund’s chairman Chris Downton was able to join them at their meeting on December 7 to update them on its history. Mr Downton explained how in 1988, he, his wife, his sister-in-law and her husband conceived the idea of the fund over a drink in a local pub with the aims of supporting children suffering from, or recovering from, cancer, and their families, especially siblings. It was recognised that there are huge financial burdens placed on families when a child is undergoing treatment for cancer, especially if parents are unable to work, or there is a large amount of travel involved. Not only does the fund provide assistance with every day expenses, it also provides treats so the family can still have fun together. Thanks to a legacy, the fund operates two static caravans which allow families to get away from it all at no cost. The fund also operates outings for large groups of families to the pantomime, theme parks etc.

From the initial small start, the fund has grown and now covers the whole of East Sussex and Brighton and 53 families are currently being supported. Whatever the outcome of the cancer, the fund continues to support the families.

The fund, Mr Downton said, operated on a very low cost basis from the family home using the family telephone and even their children were involved in producing promotional material and administration. Club president Don Perman, said, “One can’t help but be touched by the plight of these children and their families.”

The Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour meets every Tuesday at 7pm in Simply Italian at the Sovereign Harbour Waterfront. New members are always welcome. For more information call Don Perman on 479713 or visit