Awards for Rotarians
Rotarians from Lancashire and Cumbria have featured strongly in the last five annual awards evenings for Champions of Change, designed to salute unsung heroes. Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland launched the awards after the concept was put forward by Herbert Chatters, of Lytham. Since then, more than 50 champions have been honoured with eight coming from this region. There is also a section for non-rotarians.
Herbert has now handed over the running of the glittering awards night to Antonia Williams at Rotary’s Resource Centre. Many senior politicians and members of the Lords have given their support.
Founder and organiser Herbert Chatters (right) pictured with Lord William Hague and Baroness Harris of Richmond, deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, together with Lytham Rotarian, Joy Chatters (left) and then National Rotary president Eve Conway
Warrington Rotarian Irene Russell received her Champions of Change from Lord Hague for her work, with husband Eric (right) in establishing Rise for Hunger food packs in the UK. They have also been out to Africa providing hands-on delivery to some of the most dangerous areas. Also pictured is the then National Rotary president Eve Conway
Keswick Rotarian Graham Thompson chaired the town’s Flood Action Group and was at the forefront of the action for 10 days during the worst of the floods in 2015. Also attending was the then newly elected MP for Copeland Trudy Harrison (right). They are pictured with Lord Hague and Rotary president Eve Conway